The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), founded in 1970, is charged with a wide range of duties, all relating to keeping Americans safe from toxins in the land, water and air and helping to conserve energy and preserve the environment. The EPA has enacted a host of regulations over the years to help consumers best identify which heating and cooling systems are the most energy efficient. Just a few of these include:
1. The Energy Star program. The EPA’s Energy Star program educates consumers on energy efficiency via websites and training classes as well as rates and rewards mechanical systems for their efficiency. Many energy efficient heating and cooling systems in the U.S. carry an Energy Star rating. On average, systems with this label are 10 to 20 percent more efficient than non-labeled systems.
2. National Plan for Energy Efficiency. The EPA formed this task force in 2015 in conjunction with local governments and more than 60 utility companies in 49 states to create a plan for preserving America’s natural resources.
3. New environmentally-friendly refrigerant regulations. The EPA has also recently mandated a switch from R-22 to R410A, which is less damaging to the earth’s ozone layer.
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