Seeing (Energy) Stars
According to Maheras, Amana's new BR18V2 bottom-mount refrigerator is rated at about 500 kwh of annual energy usage. So, for instance, at last year's average California electricity rate of about 12 cents/kwh, it would cost only about $60 a year to operate.
Maytag Appliances will continue making and marketing appliances that both meet and exceed federal energy-efficient guidelines, said Chris Wignall, vice president of marketing, Maytag Appliances.
Last year, he cited, 32 percent of Maytag's clothes washers, dishwashers and refrigerators were Energy Star-rated, and more than 600 Maytag home appliance dealers signed on as Energy Star retail partners (to sell Energy Star products).