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2012 - Spring Issue
Casas Bonitas
Energy Efficiency
Reviews: Jasmine Evaristo
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With electricity bills surging, and environmental consciousness increasing, it's impossible to miss that glaringly yellow energy label adhered to almost every household appliance on the market. Understanding how to read these labels properly can mean all the difference in cost and efficiency.

1.  The appliance's features are listed in the upper left-hand corner of the label, detailing information such as, the interior space size, or load capacity.


Information on EnergyGuide labels varies from appliance to appliance. Find more instruction on understanding the label at:

Consumer Energy Center
2.  When looking at an energy guide label on an appliance, the appliance's make, model and type are located in the upper right-hand corner.

3.  Located in the center of the label is the text that reads, "This Model Uses." The number directly under this text measures kilowatts hours per year (kWh/year), signifying approximately how much energy this particular appliance model will use over the course of a year. The higher the number, the less energy efficient the appliance.

4.  Below the kWh/year number reads the text, "Energy use (kWh/year) range of all similar models." Directly under this text is a scale with a marker that indicates where this particular appliance model falls with reference to its energy efficiency in comparison to other similar models. If the marker is situated farther to the left, the model is more energy efficient than other appliances in this class. The farther to the right the marker, it is less energy efficient than its competitors.

5.  The dollar amount printed towards the bottom of the label indicates the cost of the appliance's usage yearly. This amount is based on a national average of electricity rates, so this dollar amount can vary according to region. ///
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