Homes meeting the Energy Star standard are built to be 15 percent more energy efficient than homes built to the standard residential code.Introduced in 1992 by the Environmental Protection Agency, Energy Star is a partnership between the federal government and the private sector â€” suppliers, manufacturers, and installers â€” that focuses on reducing energy consumption.
Here’s how itâ€™s done:
- Heating and Cooling. Energy-efficient systems use less energy and are more durable, quieter, and deliver more comfort. Savings can reach $400 annually.
- Sealed Air Ducts. Eliminating gaps in ductwork leads to cleaner air and can reduce average annual utility bills by as much as $150.
- Appliances. Energy Star units, which can include refrigerators, dishwashers, water heaters, and washing machines, use less energy.
- Insulation. Properly installed insulation â€” typically blown-in or foam â€” nearly eliminates air gaps and completely fills the cavities in ceilings and exterior walls.
- Windows. High-performance windows with protective coatings on glass and improved frames help keep heat indoors during winter and outside during summer.
- Tight Construction. Sealing holes and cracks in a homeâ€™s exterior framing sheathing and siding helps reduce air infiltration.
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