If you are in the market for a new home appliance, from televisions to air conditioners, and are concerned about energy efficiency, you may have seen the energy star label (pictured at right). But do you know what it means or why it exists? Keep reading to find out.
A Brief History
ENERGY STAR is a program run by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It was started in 1992 as part of an initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. One of the ways they achieve this goal is through the ENERGY STAR Label, which is designed to help American consumers make wise energy efficient decisions.
The Meaning of the ENERGY STAR Label
The ENERGY STAR label means that the product is more efficient than similar non-labeled items. In order to receive the label, the appliance must meet a set of requirements, as established by the EPA.
All ENERGY STAR labeled products must:
The above are the requirements that every ENERGY STAR labeled product must meet. However, there are also additional standards in each individual category. For example, the energy efficiency standards for computers are different than the standards for washing machines.
You can find ENERGY STAR labels on:
How You Can Use the ENERGY STAR Label to Save
ENERGY STAR estimates that it has helped save American consumers over $230 billion on utility bills and prevented 1.7 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas. When shopping for a new appliance, it is one of the things you can use to ensure you are getting an efficient and reliable product.
If you are looking for a new heat pump, air conditioner or furnace, there are also a few other ways you can compare energy efficiency.
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