What Is Energy Star?
Since 1992, Energy Star and its partners have helped families and businesses save over $450 billion and over 3.5 trillion kilowatt hours of electricity. In its early stages, the Energy Star Program was part of the US strategy to shed light on global warming, by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Incentives for private industries to reduce emission reductions were designed. These incentives were designed to increase energy efficiency. Today, The Energy Star Program remains a partnership between businesses, organizations, and the Federal Government. As part of this partnership, organizations can use the Energy Star name as part of the energy efficiency and environmental activities.
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Energy Star Aims To:
Reduce greenhouse gas emission and other pollutants caused by inefficient use of energy Make it easier for consumers to purchase energy-efficient products that offer savings on energy bills without compromising performance, features, or comfort
What sets Energy Star apart from other products is the amount of energy they use. Unlike other appliances, Energy Star strives to reduce the amount of energy their products use. To earn the Energy Star, products must meet specific energy requirements that are set by the US Environmental Protection Agency or by the US Department of Energy. Because these products are energy efficient, they are expected to save you more money and help protect the environment.
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Energy Star endorses products for their energy efficiency, making it easy for consumers to identify and purchase products that save them money and help the environment. About half of the energy used in your home goes to heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC). Choosing Energy Star certified heating or cooling equipment could impact your comfort, utility bill, and our environment.
To maintain your Energy Star cooling or heating system, checking the filters at least every month is essential, especially in the months when it’s getting heavier usage (winter and summer). At a minimum, it is recommended to change the filter once every three months. Ignoring it will make your system work harder to keep you cooler or warmer, resulting in wasted energy. Clean filters also prevent build up from dust and dirt, which can lead to expensive repairs in the long run or early system failure.
Tune-ups are also essential to maintain your HVAC system. It is recommended to give your system a tune-up every year.
If your HVAC system is older than ten years or not meeting your standards anymore, it is recommended to have it evaluated by an HVAC contractor. Replacing your old system with one that is Energy Star certified can save you money if you are on a budget. However, ensure that it is properly installed because improper installation can reduce system efficiency by 30%, resulting in a shorter system service-life and increasing your utility bills.
The Energy Star endorsement is not the same as a unit’s SEER Rating, which is a measure of a system’s efficiency expressed as the ratio of British Thermal Units (BTU) to watt-hours consumed.
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What Does This Mean for Homeowners?
Energy Star saves money and energy. By using qualified Energy Star products, organizations and families can save on utility bills and prevent greenhouse gas emissions. Energy Star makes it easy for consumers to purchase products that save them money and help save the environment. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ensures that each product that earns the Energy Star label is certified to deliver the quality, performance, and savings that consumers expect. Energy Star certified products include appliances, electronics, office equipment, heating and cooling products, commercial food service equipment, lighting, and water heaters.
Increased comfort and savings
By using Energy Star certified products, homeowners are getting more comfort, savings, quality, and a cleaner environment. By installing Energy Star certified windows, doors, and skylights the amount of energy used is reduced, resulting in lowered energy bills. Installing Energy Star certified products throughout your home can also put an end to cold drafts or overheated spaces. Also, low emissivity coatings on Energy Star certified products can reduce UV damage to floors, carpets, and other furniture.