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Energy Star: Learn How to Read the Label and Let It Do the Work

Posted on: March 22nd, 2013 by

Energy Star: Learn How to Read the Label and Let It Do the WorkDallas-Fort Worth homeowners who use the Energy Star logo when replacing equipment in their homes stand to gain—a lot. Learn why the Energy Star label is a valuable commodity, and why reading the label positions you to save.

Developed in 1992 as a joint effort by the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Energy Star program was designed with a few goals in mind. Specifically, it should:

  • Encourage lower energy consumption nationwide
  • Result in energy savings for consumers
  • Decrease our nation’s consumption of natural resources
  • Lower the total greenhouse gases produced

The Energy Star program has been a resounding success. After more than two decades in service to Americans, consumers now readily recognize the logo as the go-to source for energy savings. In fact, experts estimate that by choosing products with the Energy Star logo over those that merely meet the government’s minimum standards, consumers can expect to save between 20 and 30 percent in terms of energy consumption. Over time, that saving amounts to significantly less dollars spent on energy usage. It clearly pays to choose products with the Energy Star logo.

You can also trust the Energy Star logo because of its strict qualifying criteria. In order for a product to earn the label, it must:

  • Show marked energy savings for consumers across the nation
  • Employ performance and features consumers expect from the product
  • Offer increased savings if the purchase price is considerably higher than its less-efficient competitors
  • Employ technologies available to many manufacturers
  • Showcase its performance via labeling
  • Prove its performance capacity through self-testing, (and sending the results into the Energy Star program).

With a clear understanding of Energy Star, let the label guide your choice of product upgrades. You can select from tens of categories of equipment from dishwashers, freezers and clothes washers to heating and cooling equipment and add-ons like dehumidifiers to sealing and insulating materials. Computers, electronics and chargers can also bear the Energy Star logo.

Just look for the blue label, with the word “energy” and a white star in the middle of the label, a white arc shooting over the top, and the words “Energy Star” at the bottom. The star will guide you to high-performing equipment and appliances on the market.

For more information about Energy Star-qualified products, or for expert advice upgrading your home heating or cooling equipment, contact AirRite Air Conditioning Company today! We proudly serve homeowners in the DFW area. Give us a call today for more information.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about energy star and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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