Earning the ENERGY STAR Label

Thu, 2012-06-14 10:49

Established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the ENERGY STAR Label is a symbol for energy efficiency, helping Americans save money and protect the environment through energy efficient practices and products.

Essentially, the ENERGY STAR Label helps:

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants caused by energy inefficiency.
  • Create a means for consumers to identify and purchase energy efficient products that provide savings on energy bills without compromising performance, features, and comfort.

Knowing this, how do products earn the label?

ENERGY STAR products can earn the label by meeting the energy efficiency requirements through the ENERGY STAR product specifications. These specifications are based on the following principles:

  • Product energy consumption and performance can be measured and verified with testing.
  • Energy efficiency can be achieved through non-proprietary technologies that can be offered by more than one manufacturer.
  • Product categories must provide significant energy savings on a national scale.
  • Qualified products must provide increased energy efficiency and must deliver on the features and performance demands of consumers.
  • Labeling would effectively differentiate the product and provide visibility to consumers.
  • If the product costs more than an inefficient counterpart, the consumer must recover their investment through increased utility bill savings, within a reasonable period of time.

Many new homes are now being built to ENERGY STAR standards, which are up to 30 percent more energy efficient than standard homes. To become an ENERGY STAR qualified home, all new homes must meet the ENERGY STAR Version 3 rating and must be worked on/inspected by qualified builders, raters, field inspectors, and HVAC contractors, who have completed ENERGY STAR Version 3 training. If you are a RESNET HERS Rater, or if you would like to become one, having this training will be very important in the near future. Please visit our ENERGY STAR Version 3 training or RESNET HERS Rater training for more information.

By Peter J. Bock

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