In our society today, being as “green” as possible is a worthwhile goal. It ‘s better for the planet, and also in most cases can save you money on energy costs. One of the best ways to work toward this goal is to use as many Energy Star qualified appliances as possible. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, Americans using Energy Star labeled appliances and home improvements in 2012 saved a massive amount of energy, enough to provide energy for 10 million residences and reduce greenhouse gas pollution from 12 million cars.
What is the federal Energy Star program? It certifies appliances and home improvement that are considered better for the environment due to their energy efficiency, but also provide good performance.
You can look for the Energy Star logo on most appliances and electronics, including refrigerators, washers, dryers, dishwashers, water heaters, computers, TVs and more. The Energy Star is also awarded to energy efficient windows and insulation. Possibly the most important appliances, however, are your home’s heating and cooling systems. If you think about it, you have at least one of these running nearly the entire year. Buying and operating energy-efficient heating and cooling systems can save energy dollars every month during the life of your HVAC systems, as long as they’re maintained properly.
When comparing prices for appliances, keep the long-term savings of Energy Star labeled equipment in mind. Often, these products, even though they have higher purchase prices, will pay for themselves over time.
As stated, make sure you keep up with maintenance on your heating and cooling systems, so they’ll run as smoothly and efficiently as they’re designed to run. For this, it’s important to find a dependable, quality HVAC company. Ernst Heating and Cooling has been serving southwest Illinois – including the communities of Edwardsville, Troy and Glen Carbon – for more than 60 years. For the best professional products and services at the best prices, please contact us today. Also be sure to check out our monthly specials.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Hamel, Alton, Glen Carbon, Highland, Greenville, and Troy, Illinois and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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