By now, most people should know what the very important “Energy Star” label is that they see on many different appliances and electronics. In case you don’t, however, let me fill you in on what this important label means.
“Energy Star” is a label used to identify energy efficient products and practices that help save money and the environment. Products and practices that are labeled “Energy Star” are designed in a way that reduces greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants, as well as to save consumers money on their energy bills. Any products labeled “Energy Star” remain state-of-the-art in their performance and features so there is no worry about sacrificing quality to save a few dollars in utility bills along the way.
In order to qualify as an “Energy Star” product, certain requirements have to be met. Specifications are set based on the following principles:
– Significant nationwide energy savings must occur
– Qualified products must be of high quality in performance and features while increasing energy efficiency. Quality cannot be sacrificed in an effort to increase energy efficiency.
– If a less efficient model is cheaper than an “Energy Star” model, the overall energy bill savings must make up for the increased cost in purchasing the more efficient model within a reasonable period of time.
– Energy efficiency must be achieved in products widely available to consumers.
– A product’s energy consumption and performance must be measurable and verifiable through testing.
– Labeling to differentiate products.
Today, it seems just about anything is available in an “Energy Star” model. Refrigerators, washers, dryers, computers, air conditioners, tvs, and even light bulbs are all items that can now be found with the “Energy Star” label. For a complete list of product types, visit the Energy Star website for in depth product details. In fact, my own appliances and electronics are all “Energy Star” rated and I can attest to the savings I have experienced on my electric bills! While also utilizing normal energy savings practices, the products in my house have saved me an average of about $30 per month.
When buying products, always be sure to check the “Energy Star” label because these labels provide you with great information on energy use and savings for that particular item. Also, check to see if you qualify for federal tax credits on qualifying products.