By Allen Simpson
Special to GUIDON
We all recognize it is a smart idea to do some research of large ticket items before we make a purchase.
By doing so, we assure ourselves we are getting all the desired features and new technologies offered. We also learn what we can expect to spend and which retailer offers the best purchase price and sales incentives. But does this assure you that you are still spending your money wisely?
Do you consider and research the cost of operating the item after the sale?
If you do not, please consider this: during the life expectancy of your refrigerator, clothes washer, dryer or other appliance, you may very likely spend more money operating the appliance than its original purchase price.
An excellent reference offered by the Department of Energy is the Energy Star program.
Energy Star products are independently certified to save energy without sacrificing features or functionality. The program rates and certifies many products such as appliances, computers, electronics, heating and cooling systems, lighting, building products and other common items to assist consumers in making wise choices when shopping.
Their service is similar to that of consumer reports, except that it is a product of the Department of Energy. Energy Star is a free service.
Read more energy saving tips from the program at http://www.energystar.gov/.
(Editor’s note: Simpson is the Fort Leonard Wood Installation Energy manager.)