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Energy Star

ENERGY STAR is a US government-sponsored program designed to encourage us all to become more energy efficient. It centers on energy usage and helping consumers learn how to be more efficient consumers, with twin goals of helping people save money and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

You’re probably familiar with the blue ENERGY STAR logo, which has become a fixture on appliances and electronics, ranging from computer monitors to refrigerators. This logo means that the product meets strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the EPA and US Department of Energy. (Buying these products can often help you earn a rebate on your taxes.)

But you might not know that the ENERGY STAR program does much more than just certify electronics and appliances. The program can also help you to assess the current energy efficiency of your home, recommend various energy saving measures for you to improve the energy efficiency of your home, provide you with recommendations for qualified green home builders and inspectors in your area, and provides a quantitative method for measuring and certifying new homes’ energy efficiency levels.

To earn the ENERGY STAR, a home must meet strict guidelines for energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These homes are at least 15% more energy efficient than homes built to the 2004 International Residential Code (IRC), and include additional energy-saving features that typically make them 20–30% more efficient than standard homes. According to program statistics, last year, families living in these homes saved more than $270 million on their utility bills, while avoiding greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 370,000 vehicles.

Arlington Designer Homes is proud to be a ENERGY STAR-recommended green builder, and to have built a number of ENERGY STAR qualified new homes.

Many other green certification programs throughout the Unites States have embraced the ENERGY STAR program as a jumping off point, and it’s a great place to start for consumers looking to build or remodel “green”. The program has defined goals and measurable targets and is recognized and respected throughout the US.

For more information on Energy Star programs, visit www.energystar.gov.

 

 
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