How a Product Earns the ENERGY STAR Label

Ever wonder how a product earns the Energy Star label? Below are a few criteria provided by Energystar.gov.

 

What is ENERGY STAR?

ENERGY STAR is the trusted, government-backed symbol for energy efficiency helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy-efficient products and practices.

 

The ENERGY STAR label was established to:

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants caused by the inefficient use of energy; and

Make it easy for consumers to identify and purchase energy-efficient products that offer savings on energy bills without sacrificing performance, features, and comfort.

 

How Does EPA Choose which Products Earn the Label?

 

Products can earn the ENERGY STAR label by meeting the energy efficiency requirements set forth in ENERGY STAR product specifications. EPA establishes these specifications based on the following set of key guiding principles:

Product categories must contribute significant energy savings nationwide.

Qualified products must deliver the features and performance demanded by consumers, in addition to increased energy efficiency.

If the qualified product costs more than a conventional, less-efficient counterpart, purchasers will recover their investment in increased energy efficiency through utility bill savings, within a reasonable period of time.

Energy efficiency can be achieved through broadly available, non-proprietary technologies offered by more than one manufacturer.

Product energy consumption and performance can be measured and verified with testing.

Labeling would effectively differentiate products and be visible for purchasers.

How Does EPA decide when to Revise Specifications?

Generally, a market share of ENERGY STAR qualified products in a particular category of 50 percent or higher will prompt consideration for a specification revision. However, there are other factors that weigh into the decision, such as:

A change in the Federal minimum efficiency standards.

Technological changes with advances in energy efficiency which allow a revised

ENERGY STAR specification to capture additional savings.

Product availability

Significant issues with consumers realizing expected energy savings

Performance or quality issues

Issues with Test Procedures

For more information on how a product earns the Energy Star label visit Energystar.gov.


Beat The Heat | Replace Attic Door

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Summer heat can cause a drastic increase in a customer’s energy bill$. One of the hottest places in a home-owners house during the summer is without a doubt the attic.

When on the job, take a look at the attic access and look for improvements. If there is a staircase with a door leading to the attic examine the door and determine if it is an exterior door or not. If not, recommend that the home owner replace the door for an exterior one. Exterior doors are made to help stop heat transfer which is why placing one leading to an attic is a great idea. It will help keep the cool air in during the summer and cool air out in the winter.

If your customer has a pull-down stair case you can refer to this blog post on insulating a pull down attic.


Announcing Service Partners Contractors’ Club!

 

Contractors' Club

As a valued customer, we are offering you the exciting opportunity to join the Service Partners Contractors’ Club. What is the Service Partners Contractors’ Club? This club offers special discounted services, educational webinars, marketing tools, networking opportunities, regional conferences and much more to qualified customers. Membership is 100% free for all qualified customers.

Service Partners is more than your trusted supplier of insulation and equipment. We also want to provide the education, support and sales tools customers need to help grow their business. We are committed to helping our customers expand and diversify their business. That is why we have created the Service Partners Contractors’ Club. We look forward to sharing all of the benefits of this new opportunity with our valued customers.

Please visit Service Partners Contractors’ Club for more information.


Prepare For Winter In Summer

Furnace Filter

Summer can give you a great opportunity to start making modifications to your customer’s homes & office buildings to prepare for winter. Starting early will only benefit your customers down the road when winter hits. One of the easiest things you can do to help them is by replacing their furnace filter.

Chances are they are not using it in the summer which gives you a prime opportunity to replace it and remove the old one from last year. Putting in a new furnace filter can only improve the air quality and it is one of those items that many home-owners forget to do before winter arrives.

You can pick up a furnace filter from our online store. The great news is that the furnace filter we provide is made for washing and reusing. Once installed, homeowners will only need to wash it to vastly improve their air quality.