Energy Star Information

I. ENERGY STAR is a program designed by the U.S. government to provide energy solutions that are cost-effective, ecological, and efficient for businesses and consumers. In order for an appliance, window, plumbing fixture, or lighting to be ENERGY STAR certified it must meet strict energy efficient guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Department of Energy.   Please visit the website for more info http://www.getenergysmart.org

II.  A household that has made energy efficient choices with ENERGY STAR can save about 1/3 on its energy bill without giving up luxury, along with decreasing greenhouse gas emissions. ENERGY STAR saved business organizations and consumers over $12 billion dollars in energy savings in 1995. 

III. University Hill Realty commitment for all properties owned and managed by University Hill Realty:

  1. Energy star replacement windows, with "u" values of .30
  2. Energy star compact fluorescent lighting (CFL's)
  3. High efficiency furnaces 90 % energy efficient
  4. Energy star replacement refrigerators, stoves, dishwasher, and washer and dryer
  5. Multi-zone heating where ever possible
  6. Energy star replacement toilets and shower heads

IV. Comparison of Non-ENERGY STAR vs. ENERGY STAR savings in energy (estimated)

  1. ENERGY STAR Refrigerator- saves 40% of energy
  2. ENERGY STAR Gas stove- Not rated
  3. ENERGY STAR Dishwasher- saves 25% energy and uses 35 % less water
  4. ENERGY STAR Clothes washer- saves 50% energy and uses 40% less water
  5. ENERGY STAR Clothes dryer- Not rated
  6. ENERGY STAR 90 % energy efficient furnace- saves 15% energy
  7. ENERGY STAR Thermopane windows- saves 17.5% energy
  8. Compact fluorescent lighting (CFL)- saves 66% energy
  9. ENERGY STAR Toilets- saves 40% on water
  10. ENERGY STAR Shower heads- uses 20% less water

V.The price of energy is going to keep increasing due to the high price of electricity, gas, and fuel. Ineffective apparatus, such as windows, heating/cooling components, and duct insulations can lead to even higher energy bills. Investigating and pinpointing the problem is not always easy, but once the problem is fixed, your home will be more energy efficient. Ways to save 30% of energy in your house by using energy efficiently are:

  1. Turn down the temperature on your water heater to 120 degrees F. 
  2. Contact your utility and ask if they offer any programs to help lower energy bills.
  3. Use a timer or programmable thermostat on your air conditioner and heater
  4. When shopping for major appliances, computers, and lighting, look for the ENERGY STAR label.
  5. Shift energy-intensive tasks - like laundry and dishwashing - to off-peak energy-demand hours (mornings, nights and weekends).
  6. For laundry only wash and dry full loads, and always use cold water.
  7. Run your dishwasher only when it’s full.
  8. Replace your current incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) will save you nearly $30 over the life of each bulb.
  9. Set your thermostat for heating no higher then 70ºF. Each degree below 70ºF saves you 3% of the energy used to heat your home.
  10. In the average home, 75% of the electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned off. Home electronic products use energy when they're off to power features like clock displays and remote controls. Those that have earned the ENERGY STAR use as much as 50% less energy to perform these functions, while providing the same performance at the same price as less-efficient models.
  11.  Close your draperies, windows and doors on the sunny side of your home on hot, sunny days to reduce solar heat buildup.

For more information on ENERGY STAR please visit: http://ENERGYSTAR.gov or http://www.getenergysmart.org

For brochures, fact sheets, and even a Power Point on the cost effective nature of being energy efficient, visit this site which also contains background information, savings calculators, and databases of product rebates for appliances, electronics, and building materials https://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=home_improvement.hm_improvement_index

Or visit the NYSERDA site which is a helpful home improvement section which contains background information, savings calculators, and databases of product rebates for appliances, electronics, and building materials: http://www.getenergysmart.org/WhereYouLive/HomePerformance/overview.asp

University Hill Realty and ENERGY STAR