When purchasing appliances and decorating a home, owners are most likely to know exactly what they want. Choices might be esthetically pleasing, but the question remains whether they are energy efficient, practical to use, and will last over the years. Depending on their features and quality of manufacture, the gulf between prices for such items can be wide. One PATH partner, the ENERGY STAR program, is an excellent source to help consumers balance appliance features with budgetary concerns, continued use, and maintenance.
Content updated on 10/29/2004