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ENERGY STAR® Certified Appliances: Learn About the Benefits

You’ve probably noticed the bright yellow ENERGY STAR labels on everything from new refrigerators to washing machines. But what exactly is ENERGY STAR? Do the benefits of these energy-efficient appliances make them worth the investment? Will they save you money in the long run?

Let’s start with some background about the ENERGY STAR program. In 1992, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) introduced ENERGY STAR as a voluntary labeling program designed to identify and promote energy-efficient products to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The program expanded over the years, and now the ENERGY STAR label can be found on major appliances, office equipment, lighting, home electronics, new homes and more.

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