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Understanding Energy Star

When you look to purchase major appliances, light bulbs and electrical items today, you’ll usually see some with the Energy Star label. Are these better products? Are they worth purchasing? Here, we explain the Energy Star rating to help you to make an educated decision for yourself.

The Energy Star rating indicates that a product has met strict energy efficiency criteria set by the US Environmental Protection Agency or the US Department of Energy. These products use less energy and save you money on your electricity bill. At the same time, they are good for the environment, as they cause less emission from power plants.

Some examples of Energy Star products and their benefits include:

  1. Energy Star TVs use 3 watts or less when switched off, while standard TVs consume almost 6 watts.
  2. Refrigerators that are Energy Star are 15% more efficient than what the federal efficiency standards require.
  3. Light bulbs with the rating use two-thirds less energy than the standard bulb. They also have to meet additional operating and reliability guidelines.

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