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Five Great Reasons to Follow the Energy Star

Five Great Reasons to Follow the Energy Star

Five Great Reasons to Follow the Energy Star

Many of us are looking for ways to make our homes greener, if not for the environmental benefits then certainly for the utility cost savings. At times it can feel like a nearly impossible task, especially if you live in an older home that might require a lot of modernizing. One of the easiest things you can do is to make an effort to purchase Energy Star rated products whenever possible. From refrigerators and washing machines to computers and DVD players, Energy Star appliances and electronics are a great way to cut your energy costs and improve your home’s overall energy efficiency.

According to the US Department of Energy, “Americans, with the help of Energy Star, saved enough energy in 2009 alone to avoid greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 30 million cars; all while saving nearly $17 billion on their utility bills.”

If you already use a few Energy Star appliances around the house, you may have already noticed a slight difference in your monthly energy bills. However, when you consider how significantly we can all benefit when we buy Energy Star products, it is hard to deny that the program is making a difference. Imagine how much more energy and money we could save if every American household made the Energy Star commitment!

Here are some of the best reasons to purchase Energy Star rated products:

  1. The average American household can cut its energy usage and save about $700 per year by using Energy Star products along with the program’s best practices.
  2. You may qualify for tax credits, special discounts and other financial incentives by investing in Energy Star appliances and electronics.
  3. Energy Star is a standardized program regulated by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which means that products must meet very strict guidelines for energy efficiency and cost savings. Manufacturers must show proof of compliance through vigorous testing before items are awarded the label.
  4. Using Energy Star products in your home helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful pollutants.
  5. There is a wide variety of Energy Star products available for your home. You can find the Energy Star label on air conditioners, refrigerators, stoves, washers and dryers, light fixtures, computers, televisions and more. Even doors and windows can be Energy Star qualified. The variety makes it easy to put at least one Energy Star product in every room in your home.

If you need even more incentive to embrace Energy Star, think about the special discounts and additional savings that many retailers offer for customers who purchase these products. On top of federal and state tax credits, many stores offer a percentage off your qualified Energy Star purchase and free removal and proper disposal of your old appliance or equipment. They can even fill out the appropriate paperwork for you if your purchase makes you eligible for a tax break. Hassle-free savings and a greener home are certainly within your reach!

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