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What to look for when shopping for Energy Saving Appliances

Energy saving appliances can definitely be a good choice. They can cost a little bit more to purchase, but they’ll save you a lot of money in the long run. Energy Star requirements are mandated, so you know the appliances with the EnergyGuide label are going to save you money. They are also well made in most cases, so they last longer than less expensive appliances that aren’t energy efficient. An energy efficiency label is something to look for when you’re purchasing appliances for that great Maine house you just bought. The appliances that came with it may not be new, so upgrading can be a good choice.

When you upgrade, it’s generally better to buy new. Used appliances can be older, and may not be Energy Star rated. They may also have wear and tear or damage to them, and will probably not last as long as a new appliance. Buying new also means you get a warranty, so you have less risk with your appliance and can get it fixed without spending a lot if it breaks down later. New appliances will also have an EnergyGuide label if they’re energy efficient, which is something you may not be able to determine with used options.

Additionally, it’s important to consider that the Energy Star requirements and guidelines can change over time. The newer the appliance the better when it comes to having a good energy rating and saving you money on your power bill over time. When you’re shopping for these appliances, there can be a number of them that are rated for energy efficiency. You don’t have to buy the most expensive one to get a good deal and protect your power bills. Pick out the one you like, and take a careful look at how much money it’s expected to save you.

When you buy an Energy Star appliance, it’s about balancing the slightly higher cost of the appliance with the amount you’ll save over time. Some people don’t want that initial outlay of extra money when they buy new appliances for their Maine home, but the added cost of power for appliances that aren’t energy efficient totals much more than that. Especially during the cold Maine winters, when you’re trying to heat your home and keep it comfortable, you’ll want to be able to keep your power bills as low as possible. Energy efficient appliances are a great way to do that.

Shop around, though, because you may find the same appliance at several different stores. The prices will likely vary, and some places will even match or beat another store’s deal. The lower the cost for your appliance, the better. Then the savings you receive will be higher, and you can use that savings to help purchase more appliances or make other changes to your new home. It’s exciting to move into a new place, even if there’s often a lot of work involved, and getting new appliances that are energy efficient is one of the most important steps in that process.

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