Energy Star Appliances – Making the Difference

by Shea Homes Arizona on March 18, 2011

Did you know that most Shea Homes houses are equipped with Energy Star appliances?  That means that from the moment you step foot into your new home, you are going greener (and saving some green).  We want to help your family’s conservation efforts.

When you see the Energy Star logo on your appliances, you can be confident about conserving energy in your home, but what does Energy Star really mean and how did the logo get on that washer or that water heater?

Energy Star is joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.  The program’s mission is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants.  They also work to make it easy for consumers to identify and purchase energy-efficient products that offer savings on monthly energy bills—all of this without sacrificing the performance and desired features of the appliances or the comfort of the consumer.

So, how did your new appliances get the Energy Star approval?  First, the product must be able to contribute to significant energy savings while still delivering the features and performance you as a consumer expect.

Second, the energy savings must be measurable, not just theoretical.  In other words, the manufacturing company must prove that their product is using less energy.

Lastly, if the product costs more than a conventional, less-efficient counterpart, purchasers must be able to recover their investment in increased energy efficiency through utility bill savings, within a reasonable period of time.  Sometimes it can seem costly to purchase energy efficient appliances, but with the Energy Star guarantee, Shea Homes knows their homeowners will realize a savings on their utility bills.

Do you want to learn more about Energy Star? Visit www.energystar.gov.  Or check out some of our past  blogs to learn more about what Shea Homes Arizona is doing to help you conserve energy:  Shea L.O.V.E – Energy Efficiency or 10 Water Conservation Tips or Energy Wiser.

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