A recent Los Angeles Times story highlighted the fact that home purchasers and home builders more consistently look to the Energy Star label for assurance of energy efficiency than to any other rating system currently available. The Energy Star system, which is a joint venture sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy, was created to mark products whose energy usage is 20% to 30% less than is federally mandated. It includes an array of appliances.
According to home builders interviewed for the story, the use of these products helps to show the home buyer that the quality of construction and attention to energy usage are high and that the regular cost of owning the home will be lower than others currently on the market.
A home that is Energy Star-certified is no less than 15% more efficient than a home built to 2009’s code.
About the company: Alside is a leading producer of vinyl siding and accessories, has been in business since 1947, and has been an Energy Star partner since 1998.