Refrigerators operate 24 hours a day and consume about one-sixth of all the electricity used in the typical home–much more than any other household appliance. Did you know that a 10-year-old refrigerator uses twice as much electricity as a new ENERGY STAR models. One of the best ways to reduce the amount of money you spend on electricity each month is to update your refrigerator, to an ENERGY STAR model Washers are the second largest water user in your home. If your clothes washer is old, you should consider replacing it with an ENERGY STAR certified clothes washer. Most ENERGY STAR clothes washers use four times less energy than those manufactured before 1999. To save more water, look for a clothes washer with a low water factor. The lower the water factor, the less water the machine uses. A dishwasher built before 1994 wastes more than 10 gallons of water per cycle. A new, ENERGY STAR qualified dishwasher will save, on average, 1,300 gallons of water over its lifetime.