Understanding the EnergyGuide label allows you, the consumer, to see valuable information about the cost of operating an appliance and other helpful info in a quick glance. You can use this information to choose appliances that are more energy efficient and cost less to operate over time. Let's take a closer look at the EnergyGuide label and the information it provides.
Directly below the word "EnergyGuide" there are two sets of information in small print. On the right side is the make and model information of the appliance. On the left side is a list of key features of the appliance, particularly those that impact the cost of operating the appliance.
Below the features and model number is a box showing Estimated Yearly Operating Cost. This shows a range based on this model and similar models from lowest to highest, with a pinpoint of where this specific appliance is most likely to fall. This section of the label helps you compare the estimated cost of operating the appliance when comparing between similar appliances.
Below that is a box with the Estimated Yearly Electricity Use listed in kilowatt hours (kWh). This number represents how much electricity the appliance is expected to use in a year under typical use conditions. You would multiply this number by the actual utility rate per kWh from your utility bill to get a better sense of cost for one year of use in your area with your local rates.
If there is an ENERGY STAR symbol in the bottom right corner of the label, the appliance is a certified ENERGY STAR appliance. This means it has passed certification showing that it consumes less electricity than other, standard models and is also better for the environment because of reduced energy consumption.
Understanding the information on the EnergyGuide label and how to use that information to compare between appliances to make the choice that is best for your home and needs.