When shopping for appliances, you’ve probably seen a bright yellow label with “EnergyGuide” at the top. The information on the label tells the consumer how much energy the appliance uses so it can be compared to other models for efficiency and cost of operation. EnergyGuide labels help homeowners buying water heaters, air conditioners, furnaces, boilers, dishwashers, clothes washers and heat pumps save on utility bills while also reducing their consumption of natural resources.
The EnergyGuide Label
Not all EnergyGuide labels are the same, but here’s the basic format you’ll find on most of them:
- On the top left under the EnergyGuide header, you’ll find the type and key features of the appliance. Other models with these features can also be operated within the range of operating costs, which is listed in the mid-section of the label. The model, manufacturer and size are listed on the right under the header.
- Also located in the middle in large, bold type is the average annual cost to run the appliance, based on the appliance’s electricity use and national average cost of electricity. This figure helps you compare the appliance’s average operating cost against other similar models.
- In the lower third of the label is an estimate in kilowatt hours of how much energy on average the appliance uses annually. Multiplying this figure by the local electricity rate on your energy bill can give you a close approximation of what the bill will be.
If the Energy Star logo is included on the label, it means the appliance meets the Environmental Protection Agency’s standards for efficient energy use.
Appliances with updated energy efficiency tests are indicated by bright yellow numbers against a black background. Be sure to compare labels with numbers in the same colors.
For more on the EnergyGuide label, contact Sherlock Heating and Air Conditioning. We proudly serve the San Diego area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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