Appliances are significant ongoing users of energy and potable water. Federal standards for some appliances are helping to ensure that certain new appliances will be far more efficient than models they are replacing, but some manufacturers offer products that significantly exceed federal standards. Many of the most efficient appliances come from Europe, where energy is more expensive than in North America.


Products in Appliances

Asko Clothes Washers
Asko Appliances, Inc.
Bosch Refrigerators
BSH Home Appliances Corp.
In-O-Vate Technologies, Inc.
Electrolux Home Appliances
LG Clothes Washers
LG CNS America
LG Dishwashers
LG CNS America
LG Refrigerators
LG CNS America


Aug 17, 2016 4:12 PM ET

Response to Genevieve Holubik
by Martin Holladay

Here are links to two relevant articles:

An Induction Cooktop for Our Kitchen

Going High-Tech With an Induction Cooktop

Aug 17, 2016 3:16 PM ET

by Genevieve Holubik

why no induction cooktops or steam or convection ovens? do you need input on these? I am looking for more than know about energy efficient appliances

Feb 13, 2015 2:53 PM ET

aha. knew there had to be a
by Peter Rogers

aha. knew there had to be a good reason....

Feb 13, 2015 2:24 PM ET

Response to Peter Rogers
by Martin Holladay

People have tinkered with the idea of pipe-within-a-pipe heat exchangers. There are a couple of major problems:
1. Large-diameter pipes complicate installation.
2. Incoming cool air cools the exhaust pipe, and the low temperature of the exhaust pipe increases condensation and therefore lint buildup. Lint buildup is a major cause of house fires.

Because of these reasons, no manufacturer of clothes dryers offers such a device.

Feb 13, 2015 1:54 PM ET

heat recovery driers
by Peter Rogers

There are lots of DIY examples online of add-on heat recovery units for driers.... but has any company come up with an off the floor "integrated heat recovery drier"? Somebody must have done it somewhere... if not, is there a technical reason why not? Seems like a no-brainer to me.

Dec 3, 2012 8:37 AM ET

Edited Dec 3, 2012 8:39 AM ET.

Response to Mike Swift
by Martin Holladay

For a variety of reasons, it's impossible for GBA's list of green products to be comprehensive or completely up-to-date. I certainly agree with you that Sunfrost refrigerators are very efficient. I have had a Sunfrost refrigerator in my home for 20 years, and I am very pleased with its performance.

GBA has recommended Sunfrost refrigerators in several articles. See, for example:

Choosing an Energy-Efficient Refrigerator

What is an energy-efficient refrigerator?

Dec 2, 2012 6:39 PM ET

SunFrost refrigerators?
by Mike Swift

I see that SunFrost is not represented. Is there a reason? I believe that they are by far the lowest energy consumption of any refrigerator, bar none.