Holiday shoppers: EPA says look for Energy Star labeled products (11/24)
The typical homeowner can save more than 30 percent, or about $700 on annual energy bills with Energy Star labeled products, according to an agency press release. EPA has identified a few products to keep your eye out for as you start holiday shopping:
Televisions: They are now up to 30 percent more energy efficient than standard models and use less energy when they are on, off or in standby.
Computers: They use up to 50 percent less energy than conventional models, depending on use. And, when you plug in your new computer, make sure its power-management features are enabled.
Rechargeable tools: Cordless hand vacuums, electric screwdrivers and universal battery chargers, on average, use 35 percent less energy than conventional models.
Decorative light strings: Featuring LED technology, they use 75 percent less electricity than conventional incandescent light strings, are available in a variety lengths, colors, shapes and sizes, and are much more durable and shock-resistant than other light strings.