If you’re not sure whether you have Energy Star appliances in your home, you could benefit greatly by learning more about this government-backed symbol for energy efficiency. Energy Star helps homeowners across the country save money as they consume less energy to accomplish the same task, thus benefiting the environment and saving money at the same time.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is in charge of establishing the specifications for what appliances and equipment earn the Energy Star label. There are several guiding principles that every piece of equipment must meet in order to have a chance to earn this prestigious label:
- The product must offer energy savings on a nationwide basis.
- Consumers should be able to benefit from great features and superb performance coupled with energy efficiency.
- The product should save the user money in operating costs over the product’s lifetime, which helps to pay for any heightened upfront cost.
Sometimes, the EPA must revise certain specifications through the years. Here are some common reasons for specific changes to the requirements of Energy Star labeled equipment:
- 50 percent of products in one category are eligible to earn the Energy Star label. This calls for a revision because it means the label has lost its value to customers.
- Federal minimum standards are raised. Energy Star qualified equipment always carries standards that exceed government minimums.
- Technological advancements that allow for increases in energy efficiency call for an EPA revision of Energy Star standards.
Manufacturers of equipment tend to strive for Energy Star qualification because they know that consumers prefer the high quality and lower energy consumption offered by such equipment. If it’s time to replace an air conditioner, furnace, boiler or other piece of heating and cooling equipment, turn to Cooper Climate Control, your heating & cooling specialists for a great selection. We provide quality, affordable service all over the valley.