We hear so much about energy efficiency these days, but what does it really mean, and why does it matter? Today we’re going to be breaking down all things energy efficiency and specifically tier ratings. We hope this helps you the next time that you need to pick out a new appliance, AC unit, heater, or other addition to your home.
At Sustainable 9, we see the value of installing energy-efficient products in your home. Not only will they make a huge difference in your energy efficiency rating for your home, but they’ll also help you save money on your electricity bill.
What is Energy Efficiency Tier Rating?
The Energy Efficiency Rating was first enacted in 1975. The program, commonly referred to as EER, was developed to help measure and rate different electric appliances based on the amount of electricity they pull when running.
The formula used to determine what units are more efficient than others is quite extensive. The formula is EER = BTU divided by how many hours, divided by wattage used, or EER = BTU/Hr/wattage usage. The lower the number, the better. The system is then set up into Tiers one through four and one advanced tier for exceptional products.
Tier one is just the entry-level. It represents efficient products but that don’t offer the maximum energy savings. These products will often be cheaper in price.
Tier Two, Three, and Four
Representing the next level up from tier one. Tiers two, three, and four are each ranging higher and higher in their performance ratings—the higher the tier, the better the efficiency rating. Tier three and above are some of the most efficient appliances and systems on the market today.
CEE Advanced Tier
CEE Advanced Tier is the highest possible ranking that any product can be given. These products will be the best of the best and likely the most expensive.
CEE Energy Rating
An energy rating that you’ve likely heard of is the Energy Star rating. Energy Star was the predecessor to the CEE energy rating but is still used by many companies today. In fact, some of the most forward-thinking brands actually include both the energy star and the CEE energy rating on their appliances so that consumers have the most transparency possible.
Brands that Use and Acknowledge CEE
Many brands that make refrigerators and washing machines use the CEE system to grade their products. It can be difficult to find brands that receive rankings higher than one or two on the CEE scale. The below brands produce products that exceed tier two and rank at least on tier three of the CEE energy efficiency scale.
Advantages to Buying a High-Tier Product
The cost associated with buying a high-tier product can be substantial. One of the known advantages of spending more money on energy efficiency is the rebates from energy companies. There’s often a lot of rebates offered for homeowners that choose higher energy ratings for their appliances. Check with your local energy providers on whether or not they’re currently offering rebates.
Energy Efficiency Tips for Your Appliances
Here are a few tips that you should always keep in mind if you’re looking to save money and spend less on electricity.
- Unplug appliances or invest in a smart plug that will limit the amount of electricity that appliances pull when they aren’t being used.
- Always use the appropriate laundry load cycle. This will help to conserve water and electricity.
- Use the right size burner on the stove for the size pot you have.
- Clean your appliance regularly to ensure they can run correctly.
- Remove lint from your washer and dryer after every cycle.
- Wash your clothes in cold water to reduce the need for heating your water.
- Perform annual appliance maintenance checks. There’s a lot that can go wrong with appliances; ensuring they’re running smoothly is always going to save you money.
While there are other ways to ensure that your appliances continue running well, we’ve found these are some of the best ways. If you’re looking to build a sustainable home, we’d love to help you out! Sustainable 9 is a premier home builder that specializes in sustainable home building.