For many of us, particularly those living east of the Mississippi river, President’s Day weekend is not just a time to honor the birthday of our country’s founding father, it’s also the final escape from dreadfully cold and snowy days. However, those of us with pestering consumerist habits to feed always ensure our return to the metropolis by Monday, as the day is quickly taking on a new reputation: Second best shopping day of the year, after Black Friday.

By now you’re asking, “What does any of this have to do with energy savings?” Well, we’ve talked before about Black Friday savings on ENERGY STAR® appliances, and given tips for finding the best deals on energy efficient products that will also save you in overall energy costs. Now that the runner up of best shopping days in the year is upon us, I’d like to remind you about the benefit of purchasing ENERGY STAR products, especially if they are on sale!

A quick internet search will provide you a list of retailers who are cutting down their prices on ENERGY STAR products this President’s day, many of them also providing buy-back programs for old appliances and even offering appliance rebates! In some cases, the program will send someone to your home to pick up that old fridge or washing machine and pay you for it!

The goals of ENERGY STAR, a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), are to help us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices. Purchasing these appliances will extend your savings year-round increasing your efficiency and decreasing your carbon footprint. Household products with the ENERGY STAR label meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the EPA and DOE.

Find out much your current refrigerator or other appliance is currently costing you in energy, and make a decision to take advantage of the anniversary of our esteemed first President’s birth – ok, the President’s Day sales – and start (or hopefully, continue) your journey toward energy efficiency in the home!

Visit the ENERGY STAR website for more information on the program and an up-to-date list of energy efficient home appliances and other products.

Kristin Swineford supports DOE's Weatherization & Intergovernmental Program in Communications & Outreach.