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The Energy Star Logo Can be Your Guiding Light for an Efficient Home

  • August 24, 2013

You’ve probably noticed the blue Energy Star logo on appliances and electronics around your home, but did you know that those products are saving you money on the electric bill each time you use them? You can begin saving even more money if you are considering upgrading your major appliances, especially with a new HVAC unit. Start making energy-efficient, earth-friendly choices; the blue Energy Star logo can help guide you.

The Energy Star program was initiated by the United States in the 1990s to save consumers money on rising energy costs and to help curb the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming. The program sets efficiency standards for appliances and electronics. It also provides tips for homeowners to make their homes more energy-efficient via universal, easy-to-implement methods. Since its inception, the program has been adopted by several other nations worldwide.

In order to qualify for the Energy Star logo, a product must be highly energy-efficient. For example, a qualifying central air conditioning system will have an Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) of no less than 11 and a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) of at least 14, for single package systems. These ratings mean that Energy Star-approved appliances are at least 15 percent more efficient than their conventional counterparts.

The Federal Energy Star program guarantees that any product with its logo will save you money, even if the product costs a little more up front. In order to get approved, a product must demonstrate that it will make up the difference of price, compared to traditional technology, in energy savings over a reasonable amount of time. If your HVAC unit is over 15 years old, consider replacing it. You could be missing out on some very impressive savings.

To learn more about Energy Star-certified heating and cooling options for your home, contact Comfort Services. No matter what your need, the friendly and professional team at Comfort Services has a solution for you.We serve residents in Aberdeen, Southern Pines, Pinehurst, Sanford, Laurinburg and Whispering Pines.