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How to Read Energy Guide Labels on Appliances

by VitalStorm Content on January 24, 2019

When purchasing new appliances for your home, you might have noticed a bright yellow label with what appears to be a confusing jumble of numbers. It’s labeled as an Energy Guide, but without any frame of reference for what that means it can be difficult to discern which appliances are the most energy efficient for the best price.

At Blue Flame, our whole team of technicians is dedicated to searching for eco-friendly solutions. We have familiarized ourselves with the Energy Guide system to make it easier for our customers to make decisions about their energy savings and budget.

Here is our guide on how to read Energy Guide labels on appliances.

Understanding Energy Guide

Before we break down the components listed on an Energy Guide label, it can be helpful to understand the purpose behind it.

Think of an Energy Guide label like the Nutritional Facts found on different types of food. All food is used for eating, but some foods give you better nutritional value for the number of calories you will consume.

Energy Guide labels measure energy efficiency for various appliances. This information does more than just help you make eco-friendly choices, it can also help you save money. Using the information on the Energy Guide, you can calculate which appliance will be the best long-term value for its current price.

Sometimes higher priced appliances that will consume less energy on average over the course of a year are a better deal than lower priced appliances that drain lots of energy.

What Does Energy Guide Measure?

Now that you understand why you should care about the Energy Guide label, you might be curious about exactly how it quantifies energy efficiency. Here is what the Energy Guide label measures:

  • Overall efficiency of an appliance
  • Where it ranks in comparison to other appliances
  • Energy costs accrued over one year on average

How to Read Energy Guide Labels

Here is a breakdown of each component on an Energy Guide label and how to understand what it means.

  • Product Description

If you look in the top left-hand corner right underneath the Energy Guide logo, you will see a product description. It lists notable features to help you compare similar units from different brands or price ranges.

  • Manufacturing Info

In the top right-hand corner, directly across from the product description, you will see the manufacturer, the model number, and the capacity for this appliance.

  • Estimated Energy Use

Look at the smaller box near the bottom of the Energy Guide label. The number inside is the total estimated energy this appliance will use on average in one year. Divide this number by 12 and you can determine about how much energy it will use per month and compare it to the average for that type of appliance.

  • Comparison Scale

The largest box on the Energy Guide label is a graph comparing this appliance to other models. The large number is the estimated yearly operating cost, and the chart below gives a range of operating costs for other models. Use this estimate and the base price to help you determine which model will save you more money in the long run.

We hope this guide helps you make the right purchases for your home and budget.

If you have any questions about energy savings on HVAC equipment, our team at Blue Flame is always happy to help! Give us a call anytime.

At Blue Flame, we are committed to an exceptional and eco-friendly experience every time you use our heating, air conditioning, and electrical services. Call us at (206) 388-5667 and speak to a member of our team.