9 Cutting-Edge Energy-Efficient Appliances

Energy-smart appliances are not only better for the environment, they're better for you—and your monthly utility bills.

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  1. Whirlpool Top Freezer Refrigerator With CEE Tier 3 Rating


    You won’t find this fridge wearing a leather jacket and sunglasses. It doesn’t need to be that cool, just cool enough to keep food at precise preservation temps. It's 30 percent more energy efficient than the federal standard and uses less energy annually than a 40-watt light bulb! Man, too bad you can’t also use one as a lamp.


  2. Friedrich XStar Series Air Conditioner


    Keep both indoor and outdoor climate change in mind with this energy-efficient AC. It has 24-hour timer settings that can automatically cut cooling when you’re out for the day. A Money Saver mode keeps temps from getting cooler than you need them, so you can finally stop wearing long johns inside during the summer.


  3. Bosch Dishwashers


    Bosch dishwashers would leave the Green Party with nothing to dish about. A recipient of Energy Star’s 2013 Sustained Excellence Award, these highly efficient machines harness the power of more than 1,000 gallons of water from only 2! That stingy behavior leads to a savings of more than 400 gallons of water per year. Now that’s what I call water conservation. “Hmph!” says an outmatched camel.


  4. Samsung 55-Inch LED Televisions


    No need to ditch the screen to stay green. This Samsung 55-incher was ranked by the EPA as the most energy-efficient TV of them all. It features an Eco Sensor setting that detects ambient light and then adjusts screen brightness for optimal energy efficiency. Total operating costs per year are only 10 bucks. Couch potatoes, rejoice!


  5. GE GeoSpring Hybrid Water Heater


    Long, hot showers need not be enjoyed only during stays at the Hilton thanks to GE’s GeoSpring Hybrid Water Heater. It uses 62 percent less energy than a standard heater by absorbing heat from the surrounding air and transferring it into the tank. That means more hot water and less energy to get it. Of course, if you do check into a suite for a week, flip on vacation mode, which cuts off the heat until you return.


  6. LG Front-Load Washers


    Get the green off your clothes with greener practices. The LG Front Load has a patented ColdWash technology that uses advanced washing motions to clean clothes thoroughly without hot water. Its total operating costs are only about $12 per year. And the best part? It’s a front load, so you and the kids will have hours of free entertainment watching laundry swirl.


  7. Breville Smart Oven Toaster Oven With Element IQ


    Don’t fire up the oven for just one leftover slice of pizza. Use a solid, energy-efficient toaster oven that requires less heat and emits less too, so you won’t need to kick up the AC in the kitchen. The Breville Smart Oven features Element IQ technology, which adjusts the power of the quartz cooking elements for more efficient heat use. Wasted energy is toast!


  8. Primo Bottom-Load Water Cooler


    You need plenty of water to stay energized, so consider an Energy Star-compliant cooler like the Primo Bottom Load. It runs on 25 percent less energy than standard coolers and lets you switch off the tanks to conserve even more. Plus, you won’t have to lift and flip any bottles, so your body will conserve energy too.


  9. Dyson Space Heater


    I don’t know about your home, but in my building there’s a strict “No Bonfires Allowed” policy. But an indoor campfire can be pretty tempting when baseboard heat is often nonexistent. Fortunately, there's the Dyson Space Heater, which keeps toes toasty and can heat up a room for up to 30 percent less than a traditional space heater. That’s because the Dyson lets you set the temperature to the precise degree—which is great, because you don't want your room turning into a sweat lodge either.


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