appliances and home electronics

If you live in a typical U.S. home, your appliances and home electronics are responsible for about 20 percent of your energy bills. These appliances and electronics include the following:


  • Clothes washers and dryers
  • Computers
  • Dishwashers
  • Home audio equipment
  • Refrigerator and freezers
  • Room air conditioners
  • Televisions, DVD players, and VCRs
  • Water heaters

    Here you can find information to help you reduce these energy costs:


  • Shopping for energy-efficient appliances and home electronics
  • Estimating appliance and home electronic energy use
  • Energy efficiency standards for residential appliances
  • Electronic power-controlling devices for appliances
  • When to turn off personal computers

    For additional ways to reduce your energy costs, see reducing your electricity use.