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What's an Energy Star Rating?

ENERGY STAR® is the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency. The blue ENERGY STAR label provides simple, credible, and unbiased information that consumers and businesses rely on to make well-informed decisions. ENERGY STAR is administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Thousands of organizations—including nearly 40% of the Fortune 500®—partner with ENERGY STAR. Together with EPA, they deliver cost-saving energy efficiency solutions that protect the climate, improve air quality, and protect public health.

ENERGY STAR® isn't just a label you'll find on appliances (though we offer those, too!).

It's a way of building new homes that cut energy and water waste without cutting comfort and convenience.

According to the EPA, ENERGY STAR® certified homes offer:

  • Reduced utility bills (compared to standard homes) through reduced energy waste

  • Improved indoor air quality due to fresh-air systems and high-performance filters that reduce dust, pollen and other pollutants

  • More consistent temperatures throughout the home, thanks to high-efficiency heating and cooling systems

  • Fewer leaks and drafts through comprehensive air sealing, proper insulation and high-performance windows and doors

  • Increased protection from moisture intrusion via a comprehensive water management system

  • Better resale value when it’s time for your next move

  • Greater peace of mind because homes are held to strict government standards and independently inspected by trained and certified professionals

The ENERGY STAR program is administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ENERGY STAR is a voluntary labeling program: EPA sets energy efficiency specifications and those that meet them can choose to display the ENERGY STAR logo. In turn, consumers and businesses who want to save energy and money can look for the ENERGY STAR label when making buying decisions.

The Five Key Areas of ENERGY STAR

Products that earn the ENERGY STAR label are independently certified to meet strict standards for energy efficiency. Thousands of manufacturers and retailers partner with EPA to make and sell these products.

Existing Homes EPA provides guidance on high-impact energy efficiency improvements for existing homes. These actions can save homeowners significant amounts of energy and money and prepare them for a clean energy future.

New Homes EPA partners with thousands of home builders, developers, energy rating companies, and utilities across the U.S. who construct, verify, promote, and incentivize ENERGY STAR certified homes and apartments.

Commercial Buildings Through ENERGY STAR, EPA helps building owners and managers determine the most cost-effective approach to managing their energy use—enabling organizations to save energy, increase profits, and boost competitiveness.

Industrial Plants Hundreds of U.S. manufacturers have deployed the ENERGY STAR program’s strategic energy management resources to foster an organizational culture focused on continuous improvement of energy performance.

The Power of Partnership Thousands of industrial, commercial, utility, state, and local organizations—including nearly 40% of the Fortune 500®—partner with EPA through the ENERGY STAR program. For every $1 EPA spends to administer ENERGY STAR, these partners add $230 of their own investment. The result is millions of ENERGY STAR certified products, homes, apartments, buildings, and industrial plants across the nation; utility rebate programs reaching 95% of American households; 4 billion tons of greenhouse gas reductions; and $500 billion in cost savings.

To learn more about the Energy Star Rating and which products qualify for it now check out their website here:

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