If it’s time to replace some old, broken or worn-out appliances, odds are you may become overwhelmed by all the energy smart appliances out there. Here are some tips that could help you narrow down the list and make the best purchase.
Do your Research
Begin by checking Consumer Reports and other reliable websites for recommendations about the best brands. Now see what other people are saying. You can do this on community message boards or other online forums. Pay attention to sales nationally and in your neighborhood. Monitor your mailbox for the best prices, as listed in circulars. Hit up the electronics stores, appliance outlets and other local retailers to see who has the best offers and incentives on the brands you’ve found to be the best. In addition to sales, cash rebates or low-interest loans can make economic sense if a large appliance purchase seems out of reach. As you visit with salespeople you will get a feel for who has been well trained and is knowledgeable about the relative merits of competing products. Your research will let you compare the benefits of different models and features as well as find the best values.
If you are serious about saving money, check the EnergyGuide criteria associated with your appliance choices.
Look at the ranks and calculations on the EnergyGuide label for each of the appliances you are considering. The label is a bright, yellow sticker displayed on the front or top of appliances. Energy efficient models will lower your utility bills, which will be really important over the life cycle of your appliance. Keep in mind that there are also tax advantages for purchasing energy-efficient products.
Don’t Buy Impulsively
You’ve done your research; now don’t undermine all the knowledge you’ve gained. As you visit with the more trustworthy salespeople, ask them when the best time will be to buy. If it is October, waiting until Black Friday may a way to get the best deal. You should also ask a trusted friend who will not be swayed by emotions to come with you as you shop so you can avoid an impulse buy. Remember that features, price, operation and energy efficiency are key factors to consider as you make your purchase.
Follow these steps for a well-researched energy smart appliance purchase experience that will leave you with a product that will serve you well for years to come.