There's no doubt that energy-efficient appliances are good for the planet-they use less power and lower greenhouse gas emissions. But is paying up to 20% more logical? That depends on the machine you replace, your lifestyle and how you shop. Here's how to ensure you're making a cost-effective move. Photo by Corbis.
• Refrigerators built in the early 1990s use twice the amount of energy that today's models do. A bottom door freezer is the most efficient type.
• The average U.S. family runs its dishwasher 110 times a year. Pre-1994 models tend to add about $40 per year to your utility bill.
• On average, a new energy-efficient washing machine costs only $85 to run each year and uses 20% less energy than a regular model.
There are more than 60 categories of energy-efficient products, and there can be a big difference between two very similar-looking models. LookRead More »from Does it Pay to Buy Energy-Efficient Appliances?