The Energy Star: Guide For You In Your Home-Comfort Decisions
How do you know which changes you can make around the house to save the most energy and keep you comfortable? Look to Energy Star, a program created in 1992 by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. Their goal is to help Delaware homeowners just like you use less energy and protect the environment without sacrificing comfort.
You can trust the Energy Star label when you’re selecting new heating and cooling equipment and deciding which home improvements to make in the name of energy efficiency.
Home comfort systems that have earned the label have been rigorously tested to ensure they meet strict guidelines. This means the EPA has already done the homework to determine how efficient the equipment is. A few of their guidelines include:
- The equipment has to offer the performance and features that homeowners have come to expect, while using less energy.
- The amount of energy the equipment uses, compared to the amount it creates, must be tested.
- It must be able to pay for itself within an acceptable length of time in order to return the homeowner’s initial investment.
- The advanced, high-efficiency technology used in the product must be readily available to many manufacturers.
Energy Star also has tools to help you assess your energy usage. Plug in a couple details about your HVAC system and the Home Advisor tool will offer suggestions on how to improve your home’s performance, while the Home Energy Yardstick tool will compare your energy use to similar homes across the country. Both tools are easy to use and may require information from your utility bills.
In 2010, Energy Star helped US homeowners save nearly $18 billion in utilities, according to their reports. Choosing more efficient, certified equipment and making home adjustments can help Delaware homeowners cut down on their energy costs.
If you’re interested in upgrading your heating and cooling equipment, or improving your home’s performance, call Sobieski Services. We’re happy to help!
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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