Homeowners go green with Energy Star. What does the Energy Star Label Mean?
Homeowners go green when remodeling, their emphasis today is on efficient, economical and sustainable products. Many products on the market in Denver, Colorado today boast the ENERGY STAR label. We all know it’s the right thing to buy, but why? What does it actually mean?
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U. S. Department of Energy created this program to educate and help consumers identify energy-efficient products and understand what a “green” home is. The Energy Star label is used to help consumers easily identify those products that help conserve energy and therefore, money.
Products with this label mean they meet or exceed the energy-efficiency standards set forth by the EPA and DOE.
In order for an appliance, lighting, home or office building to be awarded this label, the product must: 1) have minimal greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants, 2) offer significant world-wide energy savings, 3) have features that consumers want, 4) offer a reasonable return on investment 5) have a measurable energy usage and 6) be regularly available to consumers.
Some Energy Star products can be, and usually are somewhat more expensive; however, the energy savings can be realized in a relatively short period of time.
You can start with small investments in items such a light bulbs or cordless phones. You may also be eligible for a tax credit or other incentive when purchasing larger items such as hot water heaters, furnaces, washers and dryers. Check with the State of Colorado, the City of Denver (and surrounding cities) and the Federal Energy Star program to see which items may qualify.
These programs tend to come and go depending on funding, so make sure to check the pertinent websites before making a purchase. Below are links you can use to search for rebates.
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For more information about Denver Colorado Real Estate or homes for sale along the Front Range, call Marilyn Van Steenberg, Dream Home Consultant, Certified Residential Specialist and Eco-Broker.
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