By law, manufacturers are now required to place the Energy Guide label on nearly all home equipment, which ultimately helps you — the homeowner — in your selection of new energy efficient equipment.
Shopping for new, often costly home comfort equipment can be a difficult process. It requires research, comparison shopping and making an informed choice, all assuming you have the time.
Homeowners can make the Energy Guide label work for them, because the label lays out all of the essential information, making it easier to understand and compare similar models.
Every Energy Guide label has five components:
- A list of features, comparing models with similar features in the same price range.
- Operating cost, based on the national average price of electricity, appearing on a scale showing a range of similar models in the same price range.
- Electricity consumption, shown in kilowatt hours, which is the number you can use, along with the price of electricity that you pay, to get a more accurate view of operating costs.
- The Energy Star logo will be shown, but only if the equipment qualifies.
- The name of the manufacturer, along with the model number and size of the equipment.
A few details you’ll need to know
- Not all home appliances and equipment will have an Energy Guide label. Everything from refrigerators and water heaters to air conditioners and heat pumps do, but ovens, dehumidifiers, humidifiers and clothes dryers don’t.
- Most of the labels will follow the same guidelines, with a few exceptions: Dishwasher labels show two operating costs, for electric and gas systems, and furnace labels won’t show operating costs.
- Keep in mind that the operating cost that the labels show are based on national averages, which is helpful for comparison shopping. This number doesn’t, however, show you what you’ll actually pay to operate the system.
When you’re comparison shopping, don’t forget to consider the information shown on the Energy Guide label. It’s there, so why not use it to your advantage?
For more expert advice, or to ask a question about air conditioners, heat pumps, water heaters and other HVAC-related equipment, contact the experts at Rite Way Ventilating Co.today. We proudly serve homeowners in the greater Tucson area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about the Energy Guide label and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.