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Tip 10: Seek the Star

Energy Star labels indicate a generally high level of efficiency for different classes of appliances, from dishwashers and refrigerators to furnaces and air conditioners. Qualifying products are compared to minimum federal efficiency standards, and savings vary by product. For example, Energy Star-labeled refrigerators must use at least 15% less energy than the current federal maximum allows.

While the Energy Star label helps you instantly identify more efficient products, be sure to compare energy use among labeled products by reviewing the yellow Energy Guide tag and choose the appliance that uses the least amount of energy in its class.

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