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Test Your Energy IQ Answers follow the questions: 1. For which jobs are microwave ovens used most?  Defrosting frozen foods  Cooking meals  Reheating foods  Preparing snacks 2. Microwave ovens are currently found in what percentage of all U.S. Homes?  23%  54%  84% 3. Almost all of us use ovens for cooking. What percentage are electric? … [Read More]

Efficiency Ratings The materials from which a building is constructed, as well as the systems and appliances installed there,  can dramatically affect the amount of energy that a building will consume over its lifetime. To help customers compare the potential impact of one to another, efficiency ratings have been devised for many building components and … [Read More]

Efficiency Criteria for AC Units Air-Source Heat Pumps and Central Air ConditionerKey Product Criteria Equipment Specification Air-Source Heat Pumps >= 8.2 HSPF/ >=14 SEER/ >=11.5 EER* for split systems>= 8.0 HSPF/ >=14 SEER/ >=11 EER* for single package equipment including gas/electric package units Central Air Conditioners >=14 SEER/ >=11.5 EER* for split systems>=14 SEER/ >=11 … [Read More]

Heat Pump Efficiency Tips Heat pumps are the most efficient form of electric heating in moderate climates, providing three times more heating than the equivalent amount of energy they consume in electricity. There are three types of heat pumps: air-to-air, water source, and ground source. They collect heat from the air, water, or ground outside … [Read More]

The ENERGY STAR® Label When you shop for a new appliance, look for the ENERGY STAR® label. ENERGY STAR products usually exceed minimum federal standards by a substantial amount. The ENERGY STAR logo is on all qualified products that meet specific standards for energy efficiency. ENERGY STAR-qualified products exceed the federal minimum standards for efficiency … [Read More]

Tap Water Scalds: Safety Alert The majority of injuries and deaths involving tap water scalds are to the elderly and children under the age of five. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) urges all users to lower their water heaters to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. In addition to preventing accidents, this decrease in temperature will … [Read More]