In order to be Energy-Star rated, products must meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the EPA and US Department of Energy. According to energystar.gov, qualified products must use “significantly less” energy than other products on the market. Since Kinetico softeners are non-electric, therefore using no energy, they do not qualify to apply for Energy-Star status. However, you can be assured you are purchasing the ultimate energy-efficient product with Kinetico, since you cannot use “less” energy than “none”.
Kinetico water softeners also feature on-demand regeneration (cleaning cycle), which not only saves water, but energy as well because it takes energy to deliver the water we all use every day.
In addition to using no electricity to operate, a Kinetico water softener can help save energy in other ways:
- Reduces energy required for hot water heating by making your water heater more efficient. Hard water contains calcium and magnesium which binds to the heating element causing the unit to use up to 30% more electricity to heat the water. Water heating is usually the second largest energy expense in your home. It typically accounts for about 12% of your utility bill.
- Other water using appliances like washing machines, dishwashers, ice makers, and coffee makers use 17-22% less energy to operate (hard water buildup makes them have to work harder).
- With a Kinetico water system, 50-75% less soap, shampoo, laundry detergent, and dish soap are required, saving money and decreasing the demand for these products (reducing the energy and pollution that goes into making and transporting them).