It is a proven fact that energy star rated appliances help Americans save money on their utilities. This has been working for over twenty years, and in recent years has gotten better and better with more products being energy star rated. In order to qualify as energy star rated, that particular appliance has to be in the lowest power consumption for their category.
This rule applies whether it is a washing machine, dryer, dishwasher, humidifier, air conditioner, refrigerator, air purifier or any appliance or building product in your house for that matter.
In addition to saving your family money on energy bills, energy star rated products save greenhouse emissions and are more environmentally friendly. With concerns over climate change, and an ever increasing population, every family doing their part to increase their energy efficiency and reduce their carbon footprint helps the environment.
An energy star rated product is independently certified and rated. If your home currently has products without an energy star rating, chances are you are spending too much money on your energy bills. In many cases, you can get your utility company to come into your house and do a free assessment for your energy efficiency and give you recommendations on actions you can take to increase your home’s energy efficiency.
For new home buyers, this is important information when shopping for a home. If two homes are roughly the same price but one home has all energy star rated products installed that will remain with the home upon purchase, it would be a more cost effective purchase over the long term.
For someone building their own custom home, this is very important to know when putting in appliances for the first time. Older models that are not energy star rated may be cheaper than those that are energy star rated but you will end up spending more on your electric bills with these so called cheaper models and the small savings you got upfront will be eaten away within months.
For those worried that individual manufacturers will scam you with so-called energy star labels, do not worry. These labels are done independently by the Environmental Protection Agency to protect consumers from dishonest companies only interested in making profits. Appliances once labeled as energy efficient with an energy star rating, will have the star symbol on it. In order to qualify, they have to significantly contribute to energy savings across the country. This is not based on “promises” but based only on actual dollars and cents.
The savings that comes back to you as the home owners will not be over multiple years either. These savings are generally recouped in short order, over months or a year of owning a product as older, non energy efficient products eat up electricity and cost you money.
Having an entire home built energy efficiently is a huge savings and a great investment for home owners today. This is the wave of the future and will only improve the resale value of your home. Typically, one’s home is their largest investment and is an important asset you want to have for the long term. Therefore having energy efficient appliances and building products save you money year after year, and also advertise well in the eventuality that you do want to sell your home.
Any store selling appliances whether a big chain or an individual shop, will have the energy efficiency information clearly labeled on every single product. This is never a matter of someone’s word, or guesswork. Just look for the correct symbol and make sure you have energy star products in your home. You can also look on the internet at the energy star website which is not affiliated with any brands or products so you never have to worry about them having a vested interest in selling you a particular product. You can look for unbiased and true information about any product, any time. There are also resources on the web to examine your home energy efficiency from heating and cooling and everything else, so you can review at your convenience and see where improvements can be made.
If you are working with a contractor, that particular contractor should be able to show you specific information on energy star products in your area, and the type of savings you should expect. Be wary of contractors not using energy star products in order to save money. You can also go on the website yourself and download the energy star guide so you are informed when working with outside companies and know the right questions to ask.
By knowing the information on energy star products, you can take charge of your own home’s energy bills and know that you are doing something cost effective and environmentally friendly at the same time.
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Written By: Bob Jenkins
Budget My Build
P.O. Box 72987
Phoenix, AZ 85050
Office: (602) 579-9660
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