These energy-efficient lights and appliances save occupants money on monthly utility bills and can help qualify buyers for an energy-efficient mortgage.
Lighting matters. Just one Energy Star-qualified compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL), for instance, will save about $30 over its lifetime and pay for itself in about six months. It uses 75% less energy and lasts about 10 times longer than an incandescent bulb. (Source: Energy Star)
Here are the Energy Star-qualified lighting fixtures you might find in a home:
— Light bulbs (CFLs)
— Advanced Lighting Package (ALP)
Here are the appliances that qualify for Energy Star:
Washers built before 1998 are significantly less efficient than newer models. If a washer is more than 10 years old, the owners are paying about $145 more each year on utility bills than if they owned a new Energy Star-qualified model.
A 40-pint Energy Star-qualified dehumidifier can save consumers $20 per year. This can add up to more than $250 over the life of the unit.
Because they use less hot water compared to new conventional models, an Energy Star-qualified dishwasher saves about $90 over its lifetime.
Refrigerators made before 1993 use more than twice the energy of a new Energy Star-qualified model.
Energy Star-qualified room air conditioners use at least 10% less energy than conventional models. Energy Star-qualified room air conditioners often include timers for better temperature control.
Here is what the NAHB Model Green Home Guidelines recommend for lighting and appliances:
— Use an Energy Star Advanced Lighting Package (ALP) in home.
— Install all recessed lighting fixtures within the conditioned envelope of the building, e.g., housing does not penetrate insulated ceiling
— Install motion sensors on outdoor lighting
— Install tubular skylights in rooms without windows
— Install Energy Star-labeled appliances:
• Washing machine
LEED for Homes
Here are the items that earn points in the LEED for Homes rating system:
— Energy Star labeled refrigerator(s)
— Energy Star labeled ceiling fans (at least one in living or family room and one per bedroom)
— Energy Star labeled dishwasher(s) that use 6.0 gallons or less per cycle
— Energy Star labeled clothes washer(s)
— Water-efficient clothes washer
—Install Energy Star labeled light fixtures or Energy Star labeled compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) in high-use rooms.
—All exterior lighting must have either motion sensor controls or integrated photovoltaic cells. The following lighting is exempt: emergency lighting; lighting required by code for health and safety purposes; and lighting used for eye adaptation near covered vehicle entrances or exits.
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Install Energy Star Advanced Lighting Package using only
Energy Star labeled fixtures. The Advanced Lighting Package consists of a minimum of 60% Energy Star-qualified hard-wired fixtures and 100% Energy Star–qualified ceiling fans (if any).
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Install Energy Star labeled lamps in 80% of the fixtures throughout the home. Energy Star labeled CFLs are acceptable. All ceiling fans must be Energy Star labeled.