Whenever you spot an Energy Star label on a product, you can be confident of its quality and energy efficiency. And you likely see the label in a lot of places, from the computer you’re working on right now, to the TV across the room, to the water heater in the basement, and including the furnace, A/C, windows and even insulation.
Energy Star has become the international standard and symbol for energy-efficient consumer products. A joint project of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy, Energy Star is devoted to providing safe but efficient products, The program has now been adopted by Australia, the European Union, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and Taiwan, among others. Energy Star products require much less energy than similar products without the Star, and certified products typically require 20 to 30 percent less energy, thereby helping the environment as well as your electric bill. Replacing an old product with an Energy Star model can save you significant money over the long haul.
In order for a product to be certified by Energy Star, it must pass unbiased testing by a third party. Products are then randomly tested by a third party each year for recertification.
Energy Star is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and through the program, has reduced emissions significantly since the program’s inception in 1992. The EPA reports that in 2006 alone, $14 billion in energy costs were saved as a result of the program.
Perhaps the biggest savings come when you purchase a heating or cooling system sporting the Energy Star. HVAC systems with the Energy Star are not only reliable, but provide a noticeable difference in energy efficiency and comfort. Air and duct sealing combined with Energy Star compliant products can improve indoor air quality, and further reduce energy costs.
For more expert advice about Energy Star and energy-efficient products, and other issues related to home comfort, please contact us at Donald P. Dick Air Conditioning. We’ve been serving the Fresno area for nearly 40 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater Fresno, California 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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