Now more than ever, homeowners are searching for ways to reduce their energy usage and monthly bills as prices continue to climb. That’s what makes Energy Star® appliances and features such important upgrades throughout many households today. But beyond that Energy Star label, what does it really mean? Here’s a quick guide to Energy Star ratings and what it all equates to in savings for you.
What Does Energy Star Stand For?
In 1992, the United States began an energy reduction initiative to encourage the manufacture of products that would consume less energy, emit fewer greenhouse gases, and be much more efficient than traditional products on the market. After the initiative began to take off, Canada followed suit and adopted a similar concept, which was enveloped into the Energy Star certificate and label that you see today. In Canada, the program is administered by Natural Resources Canada. Today, the Energy Star® label is carried by everything from electronic devices to washing machines to furnaces and air conditioners.
Energy Star Requirements
The Energy Star label can be applied to a variety of appliances, but each product and appliance must equate to high-energy savings for homeowners. Additionally, the quality of each product must be just as effective and operable as any standard feature. This ensures that you’re not sacrificing quality for energy savings.
Incentives That Balance Upfront Costs
When it comes to purchasing Energy Star products, they can require a larger upfront investment. For this reason, Energy Star labels must only apply to products that can offer consumers future savings to help balance out that initial cost.
Products that have this rating can also benefit consumers with incentive programs that many retailers offer, such as reduced price of sale to get more people on board with purchasing energy efficient items. For instance, the province of Alberta has several programs in place to make energy-efficient upgrades more affordable for the average homeowner, including Energy Efficiency Alberta’s Home Improvement Rebate Program.
You can find a variety of items that are Energy Star-certified, including appliances, furnaces, boilers, central air conditioners, and even entire homes. Today, you can find so many different products – efficient windows, washing machines and fridges to name just a few – that help improve the comfort of your home while reducing the use of excessive energy. At Distinct Heating & Cool, we are proud to sell and service a range of Energy Star-certified products, including York furnaces and air conditioning systems.
Reducing energy consumption along with the burden of greenhouse gases on the environment is more important than ever. With incentive programs, monthly savings and growing awareness of consumption habits, utilizing energy efficient-products is more popular than ever.
If you’re keen on reducing your energy usage and costs, consider upgrading items throughout your home, and always look for the Energy Star label so you know that you’re getting quality products that are certified for energy efficiency.