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Site helps you choose energy-smart appliances, electronics

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: August 20, 2013

Shopping for appliances or electronics? A new website can help you get a clearer picture of how much you’ll pay to power them.

Enervee goes beyond Energy Star and Energy Guide labels by letting you estimate your electrical cost for running an item, based on your typical use and your utility company’s rates. It also tells you how much carbon dioxide is emitted in the production of that electricity.

You can either enter the model number of the appliance or electronic device you’re thinking of buying, or you can check Enervee’s list of most efficient products before you shop. The site covers TVs, projectors, video game consoles, computers and peripherals, kitchen and laundry appliances and air conditioners.

Enervee also lets you look up the items you already own, so you can identify energy hogs and decide whether a replacement makes sense.

Not sure what your electricity rate is? Just enter your ZIP code for a list of utilities serving your area, and pick your provider.

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