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(ARA) – Sometimes you have to spend money to save money. The average household spends about $2,000 on energy bills every year. If you switched to appliances and lighting products that are Energy Star rated, you could save $75 a year in energy costs.

If your refrigerator was manufactured before 1993, it may be time to say goodbye. GE Energy Star-qualified refrigerators are at least 15 percent more efficient to operate than other refrigerators for sale and at least 50 percent more energy efficient than refrigerators manufactured 10 years ago.

Newer model washing machines also offer energy, water and money saving opportunities. An Energy Star-qualified clothes washer can save you $550 in operating costs over its lifetime compared to a regular clothes washer. A new GE frontload washer uses as little as 10 gallons of water for a small load and can save more than 5,800 gallons of water each year.

If you still wash your dishes by hand, you’re probably wasting more than just your valuable time. Over an average 11-year lifespan, Energy Star-qualified dishwashers can save $465 in energy and water bills and 55,000 gallons of water — that’s a lifetime supply of drinking water for more than four people.

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