by Lori Bartez
(Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA)
Have you heard of Energy Star?….if you have not, this is your friend for sure. If you are purchasing any new unit for your home, from adishwasher or refrigerator to the hot water tank and the furnace, Energy Star is something that you do want to take full advantage of.
This is a term, a distinction that you should have on any of the appliances or major systems within your home.
When a product is deemed to be Energy Star ready, it is capable of providing the necessary service to you but through reduced energy costs.
The Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, along with the US Department of Energy is the sponsor of Energy Star programs.
Their goal is to help each person to save money as well as to help each of us to protect the environment by using energy efficient products and by using energy benefiting practices.
The Energy Star program has been able to help people to save quite a bit of money.
The EPA claims that in 2005, Americans were able to save someplace around $12 billion dollars by using Energy Star products and therefore saving on their utility bills.
But, it does not stop there.
They also claim that by using these products, Energy Star has helped to avoid greenhouse gas emissions that would be about the same as that of 23 million cars in 2005 alone.
Therefore, it is a good program to take note of.
The program is in place to allow people to save money, but how muchmoney can you actually save by using Energy Star products?
The EPA estimates that in most cases, by choosing an Energy Star product over one that is not, you can save about a third or more of your energy bill with the product.
In addition, you help to cut down on greenhouse emissions by about a third as well.
The problem was that it seemed for a long time that to get an energy benefiting product you must give up some features to cut back on the use of your product.
Yet, with Energy Star, the program was designed to allow for all of the same products and services with no sacrificing of the quality of comfort of the product but still saving money.
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