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What is The Energy Star and Why Should I Care?

Published: Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Whether you know it or not, by purchasing energy star appliances you are doing your part to live a green lifestyle and preserve the environment. The Energy Star Logo is not placed on all appliances and all appliances are not created equal. The standard was developed by the Environment Protection Agency and the United States Department of Energy for specific appliances made specifically for the home.

Environmental energy star specifications are tough. They are meant to find the most efficient to use and earth friendly products. All Energy Star products are tested for consumption and energy usage.  Every single appliance that is awarded an Energy Star Label offers significant energy and economic savings.  When you buy an appliance that has the Energy Star Logo, you know that it is superior to its counterparts.

The great thing about it is that an entire house can easily be outfitted with the best energy efficient appliances very easily. Most people choose to get new appliances during a remodel or during construction of a new home. Others simply upgrade their existing appliances one at a time.

While almost all home appliances can be certified.  The most popular types of household items that can have the logo are: dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, washing machines and dryers, air cleaners, air conditioners and water heaters.

Although, Energy Star rated appliances might cost more to buy, they usually pay for themselves in a few years in energy savings.  Most Energy Star appliances will have a sticker to let you know how energy efficient they are.  If they don’t, ask your salesperson or check the appliance manufacturers website for complete details on that particular appliance.

Another thing to keep in mind is that we know energy costs are not going to come down and neither are water costs.  If you can find something that can save you money in the long term, then you win.

My recommendation is to do the math.  If you spend a little more for an Energy Star efficient Washer and Dryer and it cost you more, but it pays for itself in 5-7 years based upon energy and water consumption, and the appliance lasts for 15 years, then its almost like the appliance didn’t cost you anything and has been saving you money for several years.

Energy efficient appliances are one part of you home where you can have the biggest impact in the shortest amount of time on your quality of living, saving money and contributing to lessening your impact on the environment for the greater good.



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