Energy Star products can help you use energy more efficiently in your home, leading to lower utility bills and a reduced carbon footprint. When choosing these types of products for your Indianapolis home, look for the Energy Star label and the EnergyGuide label. The Energy Star label means that it exceeds federal standards for quality and efficiency, but what does the EnergyGuide label mean?
Understanding EnergyGuide Labels
This yellow and black label, which is placed on most appliances under federal guidelines, gives you information on the amount of energy these products consume. You won’t be able to tell if a product offers the highest efficiency available based on this label, but it does provide the information you need in order to compare it to similar products. This can help you figure out which product offers the most energy efficiency, although it’s important to remember that the numbers shown are averages.
Reading EnergyGuide Labels
There are several pieces of information listed on EnergyGuide labels, including the following:
- Manufacturer and model number
- Appliance size
- An estimate of the annual operating cost, which comes from the average cost of electricity in the U.S.
- A range of operating costs for models that are similar to the labeled product
- An estimate of how much electricity the product consumes annually
- Features of the product and similar products that are part of the cost comparison range
EnergyGuide and Energy Star Labels
When you are comparing EnergyGuide labels on different products, make sure you look for the Energy Star label. This blue label indicates that products are qualified for the Energy Star, since they exceed federal standards. Energy Star labels appear on several products, including water heaters, major appliances, and heating and cooling equipment.
If you need additional information on choosing Energy Star heating and cooling equipment for your home, please contact Mowery Heating, Cooling and Plumbing. We offer HVAC services for homeowners in the Indianapolis area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Brownsburg, Indiana and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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