Mr. Cool Mr. Heat, an air conditioning service company, explains how Energy Star rated appliances can help homeowners save money.

Atlanta, Georgia – Most consumers are familiar with the blue star labeling Energy Star appliances. But how many actually know what that means? Phil Montgomery, owner of Mr. Cool Mr. Heat, and Atlanta cooling repair company, explains what that blue label can mean to homeowners.

“Energy Star is the government endorsed efficiency label that helps consumers save money while protecting the environment at the same time,” says Montgomery, who has been servicing Atlanta AC units for more than 40 years. Product must meet strict efficiency guidelines as set by the Environmental Protection Agency to earn the designation. The blue star labeled products ensure than consumers are purchasing products that have optimized performance, conserve energy and help consumers save money.

The Department of Energy and the Department of Environmental Protection created the Energy Star label in 1992 as a voluntary program to promote energy efficient products and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Computer equipment was the first labeled product. In 1995 the label added additional office equipment and residential HVAC units. Most major appliances now boast the label, as do electronics, lighting, office equipment and many other commonly used products. Categories include:

  • Appliances such as washers and dryers, refrigerators and dishwashers
  • HVAC equipment such as central air, programmable thermostats and furnaces
  • Electronics such as televisions, DVD players and audio systems
  • Office equipment such as computers, photocopiers and printers
  • Commercial products such as vending machines and water coolers

Energy Star products reduce greenhouse gases and prevent harmful carbon pollution. The government introduced the program to make it easy for consumers to choose efficient products that not only protect the environment, but save money while doing it. In 2010 alone, the savings from using Energy Star rated products was close to $18 billion. The greenhouse gas emissions saved equaled the equivalent of those produced by 33 million cars.

“During a slower economy, consumers are always looking for ways to save money,” says Montgomery, whose air conditioning technicians are all fully licensed. “Energy Star products give consumers that opportunity, without having to sacrifice the quality of the products they use every day. Mr. Cool Mr. Heat is proud to use Energy Star rated appliances in our HVAC installations.”

Consumers don’t always have the time to meticulously research each purchase. Energy Star rated products help consumers quickly and accurately identify products that are more efficient and better for the environment. And with more than 60 products labeled, it is easy for homeowners to find a product to suit their needs, and that will perform better than its less efficient counterparts.

To earn the blue star label, products must meet specifications as determined by the EPA. These are set based on the following:

  • Must contribute significant savings nationwide.
  • Must deliver both performance and features consumers demand, while increasing efficiency.
  • If the product is more expensive than its conventional counterpart, consumers must be able to make up the difference in energy savings within a reasonable amount of time.
  • Efficiency must be achieved through non-proprietary technology that is produced and offered by more than one company.
  • Energy consumption can be measured and verified.
  • Labeling is visible and differentiates the product for consumers.

Energy Star products are available nationwide. Different regions of the country have different efficiency requirements for furnaces and are labeled differently.

By switching to energy efficient products, consumers can save nearly one-third on their utility bill and enjoy the added benefit of reducing the greenhouse gases they emit each year. Energy Star gives homeowners the necessary products to make a difference, both in their wallets and the environment.

Homeowners looking to replace existing appliances or heating and cooling units should always look for the Energy Star label. If your home is in need of heating and cooling repair or installation, contact Mr. Cool Mr. Heat for an inspection.





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