Home appliances are some of the biggest energy users, but making the right choices can lead to big savings.

The Alliance to Save Energy's Monique O'Grady says EnergyStar appliances are engineered to preform as well or better than comparable non-efficient models while using less energy. The label appears on more than 60 types of products, including electronics, lighting, windows and major appliances.

Replacing older appliances with Energy Star models can pay off quickly. An Energy Star dishwasher costs about $40 less per year to run than its 15-year-old counterpart, and an Energy Star refrigerator runs 20 percent more efficiently than the minimum federal standard, saving $165 over its lifetime.

Many states can help you add to those savings with rebates and tax incentives.

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