Looking for the Energy Star Label When Upgrading Can Lead You to Efficiency
No one would blame you if you’re gritting your teeth over replacing your furnace or another big-ticket appliance in your home. Even if you’ve been patching your furnace together with frequent repairs and bracing for the worst, there are probably other ways you’d rather spend your money. You could be making this big-ticket purchase on faith alone, hoping that your lucky stars collide to ensure that your new furnace goes the distance. But you don’t have to count on your lucky stars – not when you have Energy Star labels to guide you.
Energy Star is the program that resulted from a partnership between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in 1992. Together, the agencies decided to test heating and cooling systems, appliances and electronics. Only those that pass the toughest criteria earn the familiar label, which is easily identifiable with its large star logo.
Fundamentally, Energy Star labels provides objective, credible information about products so consumers don’t have to research them on their own. But consumers save more than time with this program. They also save money – and not just through the federal tax credits that are offered on new furnaces, air conditioners, heat pumps and water heaters.
Since Energy Star products can obtain efficiency levels in the high 90s, they usually save homeowners an average of 20 percent on their heating and cooling bills. That’s going to add up quickly, especially if your family is like many others in the United States and spends about thousands a year on utilities.
In addition to greater efficiency and subsequent cost savings, we at Scott’s Heating & Air Conditioning believe in Energy Star products because we know they’re a greener alternative to the energy-guzzling products of the past.
No, we don’t expect you to smile about a big-ticket purchase. But when you have to bite the bullet, be sure to call Scott’s Heating & Air Conditioning so we can recommend an upgrade that will help you realize the savings you’re entitled to. That, at least, is worth smiling about.
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