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What you need to know about Energy Star ratings

November 10, 2017

Energy Star is a government-backed symbol that represents the energy efficiency of a particular product. This trusted symbol lets the consumer know which products will help them protect the environment and save money by choosing products that are produced according to certain standards and/or that prove to be an energy asset in the home or business. This label was established with the purpose of reducing greenhouse gas and other emissions caused by inefficient energy use. When consumers are properly informed, they can also make the smart choices and enjoy the greatest benefits.

For a product to obtain the Energy Star label, it needs to fulfill certain criteria. These strict rules are in place in order to ensure that the manufacturers are doing their bit and that the consumer will enjoy the benefits they deserve. By setting a standard and holding products to this standard, the market has become even more competitive which encourages manufacturers to go that extra mile. Some of the main criteria that must be met includes:

  • The product categories need to make a significant contribution to energy efficiency on a national scale.
  • The products must offer the consumer the features that are required as well as increase energy efficiency.
  • Should the certified product prove more expensive than an uncertified product, the consumer should be able to make back their money within a reasonable time through energy saving.
  • The energy efficiency of the product may be achieved through a number of widely available, non-proprietary technologies made available by several manufacturers.
  • The energy consumption and performance of the product needs to be measured and verified through testing.
  • An Energy Star label would set the products apart, and consumers will clearly understand their various options.

There are times when Energy Star specifications require revision. Some reasons for this revision includes a change in minimal efficiency standards, technological changes that allow for even greater energy savings, product availability, issues with current energy savings, testing procedure problems, or quality concerns.

When products like windows are given the Energy Star label, you will start enjoying the benefits as soon as they are installed. That said, if only one or two windows are replaced, your entire home or business will not be as energy efficient as it could be. Other factors like the quality of your doors and any structural issues can affect the energy efficiency of your property. If your home is properly insulated, but your windows are not of the highest standard, you will spend more money each month on your energy bill.

At Alma Windows and Doors, we have a wide variety of top quality vinyl windows. Available in various sizes, shapes, and designs, our windows have that trusted Energy Star label. When you choose us, you can rest assured that you are getting the very best! Call us at (416) 661-9915 for your free in-home estimate. Our team will also be more than happy to offer any professional advice and answer any additional questions you may have.

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