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With Earth Day right around the corner, April provides the perfect opportunity to reassess your energy consumption and carbon footprint. One of the best ways to cut back on energy consumption is by upgrading to official Energy Star products specifically designed to minimize fossil fuel use and to be more eco-friendly.

At A. J. Danboise, we always encourage customers to consider Energy Star products not only for their environmental benefits, but also for their financial benefits. Since they consume less energy, Energy Star products can save you lots of money on your monthly utility bills over time.

If you have never purchased Energy Star products before, there are a few key points to keep in mind while you are shopping. Once you are armed with all the knowledge you need to purchase the most ideal products for your home, you will be ready to begin your upgrade. Here is our Earth Day guide to buying Energy Star products.

Meeting Energy-Saving Standards

You can feel confident in the efficiency promises listed on an appliance with a genuine Energy Star label. For products to receive an official Energy Star label from the government, they undergo a series of tests to ensure they meet or exceed minimum standards of energy saving. Requirements differ for each type of appliance, and they are updated on a regular basis.

Reading EnergyGuide Labels

In addition to the Energy Star seal, look for the EnergyGuide Label on products to help you better compare and purchase. According to the United States Department of Energy, this label is required by the federal government to be placed on all appliances by their manufacturers. They are color coded based on the test procedures used to determine their energy efficiency. The purpose of the EnergyGuide label is to help consumers compare the different levels of energy consumed by similar models. Here is what you can learn from an EnergyGuide label:

  • Maker, model number, and size of the appliance.
  • Estimated operating cost per year compared to the operating costs of similar models.
  • Estimated electricity consumed per year.
  • Key features of the appliance and similar models to compare.

Determining Savings

When you compare price tags, energy efficient appliances might seem pricier at first glance. But if you take into consideration the lifespan of each appliance (in some cases 10+ years), and calculate the energy and money saved per year, you may find that Energy Star models are the more cost-effective option in the long-run. Be sure to compare this number closely on each EnergyGuide label before you make a purchase.

For consumers who want to reduce their overall environmental impact and save money on their monthly utilities, Energy Star products are the perfect solution. Look closely at the EnergyGuide labels and do the math to compare and contrast products to help you choose the perfect appliances for your home.

If you are interested in upgrading to Energy Star products or you are looking for licensed HVAC technicians, plumbers, and electricians for your installation, call A. J. Danboise at 1-248-236-5999.

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