5 Questions with Andrea Boutin on Making Efficient Gift Choices
December 11, 2017
We had a chance to sit down with Andrea Boutin, Senior Engineer – Customer Programs to learn about how to make energy efficient gift giving choices.
What should we look for first?
Start by looking for the EnerGuide label. It will show you the average electricity (kWh) used in a year.
I have two products in mind. How do I choose?
Compare the electricity use between the two products. The one with the lower number will cost less to use, but remember that the EnerGuide label doesn't mean the product is energy efficient – it just shows you how much electricity the product uses.
But how will it really impact my bill?
To figure out how it will impact your power bill, multiply the kilowatt hours per year (kWh/year by the rate you pay for power. For example: 554 kWh/year x $.13740 = $76.10 added to your yearly power bill.
Does buying something new guarantee a lower bill?
Honestly, it depends. If you are replacing something that already exists, the new one is likely to use less power (remember to compare before you buy). If it does, and you use it the same amount of time as the original you will see savings. But if you use it more often – you won't see the saving you were hoping for!
How can I make the most efficient choice?
Look for the ENERGY STAR logo to quickly find the products that are in the top 15-30% for their class on energy performance. These products are sure to save you money on your electricity bill!
"The EnerGuide label doesn't mean the product is energy efficient – it just shows you how much electricity the product uses."
"Look for the ENERGY STAR logo."