We’ve all heard about Energy Star products and the discounts and rebates that are offered by the government for people who use them. But does anyone know how an Energy Star product receives its rating? Here is the criterion that makes a product an Energy Star product.
The Energy Star label is a star that is on any product that meets the Energy Star specifications. It is a program backed by the government which means that the appliance is energy efficient. The reason why the government wants people to start using energy star products is to reduce green house gas emissions throughout the country, according to the U.S. Environmental Agency. The product must be able to contribute to the reduction in energy savings nationwide, and be energy efficient. Each specific category of products has their own specifications.
For example, dishwashers must have a standby power mode and must be able to wash a standard dirty set of dishes while still being energy efficient, according to Energy Star. The dishwashers that were made before 1994 will cause the consumer to pay $40 more than an Energy Star product. They will also use 10 gallons more water per cycle, and use 10%-25% of more energy than an Energy Star dishwasher, according to the U.S. Environmental Agency.
A washer is another appliance that is in almost every household because clean clothes are a necessity. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the average American family washes about 400 loads a year. That is a lot of loads of laundry, and that also means that is a lot of electricity used. By getting a Energy Star washer, you will save enough money in operating costs over one year to buy a dryer. The Energy Star models of washers started in 1997, and are about 30% more efficient then non Energy Star models. Only washers with capacities greater then 1.6 ft will be able to meet Energy Star specifications.
In order to see the product specifications for other types of appliances, go to the Energy Star website at www.EnergyStar.gov.
Energy Star, “How a Product Earns the Energy Star Label,” U.S. Environmental Agency
Energy Star, “Criteria for Dishwashers” Energy Star
Energy Star, “About Energy Star Dishwashers” U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Energy Star, “Product Specifications: Program Requirements” U.S. Department of Energy