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Save Energy and Money with ENERGY STAR

Whether you are a private resident or a leader in the homebuilding industry; whether you are an eco-nut or an insatiable consumer--it pays to buy ENERGY STAR qualified products.

Without sacrificing features, style, or comfort, energy-efficient choices can save about a third on your energy bill with similar savings of greenhouse gas emissions. ENERGY STAR helps you make the energy-efficient choice. When you buy equipment that has earned the ENERGY STAR, you know that it meets strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), with no compromise on quality.

Many Products--Many Savings

ENERGY STAR recognizes energy-efficient models in 38 product categories--from lighting to computers to water coolers; from large energy users (central air conditioning systems and boilers) to low energy users (cordless phones). Some products, like TVs and VCRs, save energy by reducing the standby power required. Others have high mechanical and/or combustion efficiencies. Some give you multiple benefits: an ENERGY STAR qualified clothes washer, compared to a 10-year old model, can save up to $120 per year on your utility bills and reduce your water consumption by 30 to 50 percent!

ENERGY STAR qualified products usually cost a little more, but because of the energy savings they pay back quickly:

  • ENERGY STAR qualified heating and cooling equipment can reduce your heating and cooling bill by 1/3.
  • ENERGY STAR qualified refrigerators use 40% less energy than the conventional models sold in 2001, and use at least 10% less energy than required by current federal standards.
  • ENERGY STAR qualified dishwashers use 25% less energy than the federal minimum standard, and can save you more than $30 a year in energy costs compared to a 10-year old dishwasher.
  • ENERGY STAR lighting uses less than 1/3 the energy of standard incandescent bulbs.

Many states and localities also offer various rebates and tax breaks on ENERGY STAR products.


If you are looking for a new home, look for one that has earned the ENERGY STAR. If you are a developer or a homebuilder, why not provide one? They meet strict energy efficiency standards and are more comfortable, more durable, cost less to own, and are good for the environment.

Select the links below for additional information on high efficiency appliances and equipment:

Geothermal Heat Pumps

Heat Pump Water Heaters

Heat Recovery Ventilators (HRV)

High Efficiency Air Conditioners

High Efficiency Refrigerators

Horizontal Axis (Front-Loading) Clothes Washers

Horizontal Axis Washer-Dryer Combination Unit

Content updated on 8/3/2006

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