The ENERGY STAR® label is an easy way for you to identify what products are energy efficient. It means you don't need to wade through complicated specifications to find the best product; the government has done the hard work for you. Appliances, building products, lighting, electronics, heating and cooling equipment and other products with the blue ENERGY STAR® logo have met strict energy efficiency criteria to qualify for the designation. It's your guarantee that the product you're buying saves energy, money and helps protect the environment. It's also often used by manufacturers, utilities and the government to grant rebates and tax credits. Here are some ENERGY STAR® product categories available at Lowe's.
ENERGY STAR® qualified bulbs use two-thirds less energy, generate 70% less heat and last up to 10 times longer than ordinary bulbs. ENERGY STAR® light fixtures are designed to easily accommodate energy-efficient bulbs and distribute light more efficiently, using one-third less energy than standard fixtures. If everyone in Canada switched just one bulb in their home to CFL, Canada would save over $73 million in energy costs a year.
There's not one, but two, price tags when it comes to buying new appliances: the initial cost and the operating cost. ENERGY STAR® qualified appliances use anywhere from 10% to 50% less energy and/or water than standard models. ENERGY STAR® qualified clothes washers use 50% less water and 37% less energy than standard washers. ENERGY STAR® dishwashers use 41% less energy than the federal minimum standards. Other ENERGY STAR® rated appliances include room air conditioners, freezers and refrigerators.
Today's dishwashers are about 95% more energy efficient than those back in 1972.
Up to half of your utility bill dollars go to heating, cooling and ventilating your home. Air conditioners, furnaces, boilers, programmable thermostats, dehumidifiers, air cleaners, ventilating fans and ceiling fans are among the products that can qualify for the ENERGY STAR® rating. The older and less energy efficient your existing equipment, the greater your long-term savings with ENERGY STAR® products. For example, by replacing a 10-year-old room air conditioner with an ENERGY STAR® qualified model, you can save up to $150 over the life of the product. The savings add up fast.
ENERGY STAR® qualified windows, doors and skylights help keep your home warmer in winter and cooler in summer. Qualifying units also help reduce condensation and sun damage.