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How to Read the EnergyGuide Label

The EnergyGuide label gives you two important pieces of information you can use to compare different brands and models when shopping for a new appliance:

EnergyGuide label shows how a purchaser can compare energy use of product with other similar models, given estimated yearly energy costs.
  1. Estimated energy consumption on a scale showing a range for similar models

  2. Estimated yearly operating cost based on the national average cost of electricity.

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Content Last Updated: 6/2/2006