In a previous piece we looked into how energy efficiency can help you save money in your home remodel. We mentioned that in the Chicagoland area, our team at Airoom is an exception because our designers are Certified Green Professionals, as well as Energy Star. In this piece we’ll look at why the Energy Star name matters and what it means to the environmentally minded remodeler.
What is Energy Star?
Energy Star is a voluntary program that was created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1992, with the goal to help businesses and individuals save money as well as protect our climate through proper energy efficiency.
Using the Energy Star program, American consumers, businesses, and organizations have made great strides towards energy efficiency while promoting efficient products and practices, creating jobs, and stimulating the economy, all while being environmentally minded.
In its 23rd year, the Energy Star program has helped boost the implementation of energy efficient products, practices, and services through valuable partnerships, objective measurement tools, and consumer education.
How We Use Energy Star
If energy conservation is on your mind, we’re happy to say Airoom’s designers are certified by Energy Star, as well as Certified Green Professionals. While we’re not a solely green operation, we recognize that many of our customers are very much concerned with their environmental footprint.
The easiest way to utilize the Energy Star program as a consumer is to choose appliances and products that have been given the Energy Star sticker. Airoom designers can help you choose the right appliance or product for your home remodel to help maximize your energy efficiency and conservation, whether it’s for a washer, dryer, refrigerator, or any room of your home remodel project.
How does the EPA decide on what appliance or product gets the Energy Star approval though?
The following key principles are laid out by the EPA:
- Product categories must contribute significant energy savings nationwide.
- Certified products must deliver the features and performance demanded by consumers, in addition to increased energy efficiency.
- If the certified product costs more than a conventional, less-efficient counterpart, purchasers will recover their investment in increased energy efficiency through utility bill savings, within a reasonable period of time.
- Energy efficiency can be achieved through broadly available, non-proprietary technologies offered by more than one manufacturer.
- Product energy consumption and performance can be measured and verified with testing.
- Labeling would effectively differentiate products and be visible for purchasers.
Other Ways Airoom Can Help You with Energy Conservation
Energy Efficiency and Conservation don’t just end with Energy Star certified appliances and products. We previously looked at The Whole Systems Approach in another piece, emphasizing the importance of a contracting team looking at the entirety of a remodeling project instead of just single parts. This way, the overall impact of the project can be understood.
Examples of materials used in previous Airoom remodeling projects have ranged from energy efficient materials used to line not just the walls, but also the floors and ceilings. This helped regulate the temperature of the house as well as fit it into the surrounding environment.
Families across America are improving the energy efficiency of their homes with the help of Energy Star in ways that cost less and help the environment. If you’re considering a home remodel and want to make sure that a proven team of trained, environmentally certified professionals can do the job for you, contact Airoom today!