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For Appliances, Does Energy Efficiency Sell?

A new study suggests that energy-efficient products now dominate sales in some appliance and electronic categories—and lag in others. Whether or not people buy those products may in some cases have less to do with eco-friendliness and utility bill savings than with the products’ secondary perks.

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Energy Star is a program run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy that identifies the most energy-efficient products on the market. Energy Star products account for close to 100% of the sales of some appliances like dishwashers and televisions, but they command relatively little of the markets for desktop computers and freezers, making up 17% and 21%, respectively, according to a new report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The report measured market penetration of Energy Star products in 2011.

Experts who study consumer behavior say that, in some cases, side benefits of energy efficiency may be driving adoption of the Energy Star-rated products rather than the star itself. Energy Star notebook computers, for example, have one of the highest market penetration rates at 75%, but they also have one particular perk consumers really want: longer battery life. Compare that with desktop computers, which stay plugged in and which consumers may buy more for their speed and compatibility with certain programs and games.

“There’s this competitive pressure to actually make notebook computers more energy efficient,” says Ken Gillingham, assistant professor of economics at Yale University’s School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. “Some of it does relate to the things people care about when they’re purchasing.”

With TVs, which have had historically high adoption rates for Energy Star products (last year, 96% of products shipped carried the rating), efficiency may go hand in hand with trendy design, as the flat-screen products that now dominate consumer tastes also tend to use less energy. “Just by moving to that technology you’re improving the energy efficiency,” Gillingham says.

With washing machines, too, energy efficiency happens to coincide with a feature that consumers are warming to. Energy Star washers now hold 60% of the market, and most of those are frontloading models, which consumers believe are gentler on clothing, according to Lowell Ungar, director of policy at Alliance to Save Energy. “People like the way they wash clothes,” Ungar says.

And in many categories, consumers who go upscale may be unwittingly going green. Experts say most premium appliances on the market now carry the Energy Star rating, so the more energy efficient fridge is also likely to have a stainless steel door or a great ice maker. That means people might pay extra for the Energy Star product even if they don’t think the energy savings alone justify the premium price, according to the EIA. “Even if the Energy Star product is not inherently better, it’s become kind of a brand of quality,” Ungar says. “These are often better products as well.”

 

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    • This article makes no sense, or the author doesn’t even have the basic familiarity with appliances that would come with reading consumer reports. Energy Star requirements vary widely – In some appliance categories virtually every appliance sold qualifies as Energy Star. Guess What? Energy Star has very high penetration in those categories. Shocking. And in other categories Energy Star is fairly difficult and/or expensive to achieve.

    • Until the prices of these “energy efficient” appliances becomes more reasonable, I am not interested in them. I need bang for my buck, and if that means buying a washer that is a little less “green” than another in order to get good performance, so be it.

    • It sells when it actually makes sense. I had to purchase a new washer a couple of years ago, and the effient models were significantly more expensive. I did the math to estimate how long it would take for the energy/water savings to make up the difference in price. 15 years. Until the savings are a little more substantial, I’m not going to invest in those models.

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