This is How to Read and Understand the EnergyGuide Label

This is How to Read and Understand the EnergyGuide Label

Looking for an energy efficient central air conditioner can be a tough task, but the EnergyGuide label makes it that much easier to find the right one for your needs. Knowing how to read can label can help you save money and make your Santa Cruz home more energy efficient

The distinctive bright yellow and black label isn’t just limited to air conditioners and furnaces. It can also be found on a broad range of other appliances, including refrigerators, hot water heaters, certain lighting equipment, refrigerators and televisions made after 2011.

What the Label Says

You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to read the EnergyGuide label. After all, it’s designed to pack a sizable amount of information about the appliance of your choice in a simple and easy-to-read format.

On the right side, you’ll find the make and model of the appliance, along with its size. To the left, you’ll see a list of key features offered by the appliance you’re looking at, as well as similar models within its cost range.

In the middle, you’ll see the cost range bar for the appliance in question. This gives you a general idea of how much you can expect to pay in operating costs for similar models. Above the bar is the estimated annual operating cost of the appliance you’re looking at. This number is printed in a large, bold font so that it won’t be easy to miss.

Below that is the estimated yearly electricity use of your new appliance. This shows how much electricity your new appliance might use over the course of the year. Last but not least is the Energy Star label, denoting the product as meeting the EPA’s stringent standards for energy efficiency and environmental friendliness.

To learn more about the EnergyGuide label and how it can affect your home’s heating and cooling needs, contact us at Valley Heating, Cooling, Electrical. We proudly serve South Bay Peninsula and Santa Cruz.

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