Purchase ENERGY STAR certified appliances

Older appliances — even those made in the 1990s and early 2000s — can use significantly more energy than today's ENERGY STAR® models. When it's time to purchase a new appliance, look for the ENERGY STAR label and use their most efficient settings. Also, be sure to keep them well maintained.

Skill level: Basic
It's easy to choose energy-efficient, money-saving appliances. Just look for the ENERGY STAR label when shopping.
Cost range: $400+
While some appliances may cost more initially than less-efficient products, they can often pay for themselves with lifetime savings on your energy bill.
Savings: 10%-50%
ENERGY STAR certified appliances use electricity and water more efficiently, which saves you money every time you use them.