Published on October 22nd, 2007 | by Stephanie Evans1
Energy Star and Efficient Appliances
Whether you are working with new green construction or planning a green remodeling project for your home, ENERGY STAR qualified products should be part of your plan. ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy to help consumers identify energy efficient products.
New home builders looking to implement green construction practices can learn from the ENERGY STAR qualified home guidelines. Homes that have earned this distinction are proven by the Environmental Protection Agency to be 15 percent more energy efficient than a standard home. Reducing energy use is an important aspect of eco-friendly housing and green building. Energy used in homes often comes from the burning of fossil fuels at power plants, which contributes to smog, acid rain, and risks of global climate change. Therefore, the less energy used, the less air pollution generated.
For homeowners who are remodeling or upgrading to newer appliances, the ENERGY STAR option is not out of the question. ENERGY STAR products range from major appliances such as refrigerators, washers and dryers, air conditioners, and dishwashers to small electronics including computers, monitors, and even battery chargers.
When changing out your homes insulation or weather-stripping, be sure to look for the blue ENERGY STAR label as well to promote even greater sustainability in your home.