Appliance FAQ

Appliance FAQ

What size clothes washer should I get?
How do I know which clothes washer to purchase?
Which dryer should I get?
Which freezer is right for me?
Which freezers are most efficient?
What size refrigerator should I get?
Do older refrigerators use more energy?
Which refrigerators are most efficient?



What size clothes washer should I get?

Think carefully about size. While a larger model holds more clothes, it also uses more energy. On the other hand, a model that’s too small will require a lot more clothes washing. ENERGY STAR qualified models are also available in stackable and under-the-counter designs, which fit in smaller spaces. back to top


How do I know which clothes washer to purchase?

Choose a model with a high integrated modified energy factor (IMEF) and a low integrated water factor (IWF). IMEF lets you know how much electricity your clothes washer uses, while IWF indicates how much water your washer uses. Look for a high IMEF rating and a low IWF rating for the most efficient clothes washers. back to top


Which dryer should I get?

Pair your efficient clothes washer with an efficient dryer to save even more. ENERGY STAR clothes dryers have a moisture sensor that automatically adjusts heat output based on the moisture of the laundry load. This feature automatically shuts off the machine when clothes are dry, saving energy and reducing wear and tear on your clothes caused by over-drying. back to top


Which freezer is right for me?

Consider whether an upright or chest freezer better meets your needs. An upright freezer has a front-mounted door like a refrigerator and shelves that allow for easy organization. While a chest freezer typically requires more floor space, it’s usually more energy efficient, since the door opens from the top and allows less cold air to escape. back to top


Which freezers are most efficient?

Consider a model with manual defrost. Manual-defrost freezers use half the energy of automatic-defrost models, but must be defrosted periodically to achieve the energy savings. Don’t allow frost to build up more than one-quarter of an inch. back to top


What size refrigerator should I get?

Think carefully about size. In general, the larger the refrigerator, the greater the energy consumption. The most energy-efficient models are typically 16 to 20 cubic feet. back to top


Do older refrigerators use more energy?

Replace your old fridge for big savings. More than 60 million refrigerators in the U.S. are over 10 years old, costing consumers $4.7 billion a year in energy costs. By properly recycling your old refrigerator and replacing it with a new ENERGY STAR qualified refrigerator, you can save between $35 and $300 on energy costs over its lifetime. back to top


Which refrigerators are most efficient?

Consider buying a refrigerator with a top-mounted freezer. An ENERGY STAR qualified top-freezer refrigerator uses less energy than a 60-watt light bulb. back to top