What You Can Do To Save Energy Inside The Home Save Energy, Save Money
When buying an appliance, remember that it has two price tags: what you pay to take it home and what you pay for the energy and water it uses. ENERGY STAR qualified appliances incorporate advanced technologies that use 10-50% less energy and water than standard models. The money you save on your utility bills can more than make up for the cost of a more expensive but more efficient ENERGY STAR model. And you would be dramatically reducing greenhouse gas emissions too.
What is the ENERGY STAR? It's a rating that the US Departments of Energy and Environmental Protection have developed to label products that meet strict energy efficiency standards. The idea is to make it easier for you to find the most energy-efficient choices when shopping.
You'll find the ENERGY STAR on many major appliances, smaller appliances, computers and electronics, HVAC systems, windows and more. You can even find the ENERGY STAR label on a whole house. If it's built with materials and systems that make it far more energy efficient as a whole than a standard home, it earns the Star.
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Simple actions can make a big difference. If just one in 10 homes used ENERGY STAR qualified appliances, the change would be like planting 1.7 million new acres of trees.
For top performance, premium features, and energy savings, look for energy-efficient cloths washers, refrigerators, dishwashers, room air conditioners and dehumidifiers that have earned the ENERGY STAR. This mark may appear on the appliance, the packaging or the EnergyGuide label.
The most important thing to keep in mind about ENERGY STAR, is that it means you can save energy without sacrificing product quality, features or styles. In most cases, ENERGY STAR rated products perform just as well (sometimes better) than their energy-hogging peers. Plus, to encourage people to buy, you can usually find great rebates and other incentives from retailers, manufacturers, even the government.