If you’ve been shopping for a new appliance like a refrigerator or
stove, you have likely seen an ENERGY STAR® label. ENERGY STAR®
is an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) program started in 1992 that
helps consumers save money and reduce their impact on the climate through
better energy efficiency.
The government has partnered with other industry to include not only major
appliances but also air conditioners, water heaters and even new homes
and buildings. In order to be Energy Star rated, appliances must meet
strict energy efficiency guidelines, as set out by that program. Look
for this label when shopping for an appliance if you want to reduce your
One of the most energy intensive appliances in the home is the central
air conditioner, accounting for almost half of the energy us in many homes.
If you’re replacing a 10 year old air inefficient conditioner you
could save $100 on your energy bill with an Energy Star rated central
air conditioner. The ENERGY STAR label guarantees significant energy savings
and do not cost any more than standard appliances.
When its time to replace your old central air conditioner, ask ABC Southwest
for information on the latest ENERGY STAR® units. You’ll be surprised
how much the savings can add up.