When you make a purchase of most anything, it comes with 2 price tags. The initial purchase price to acquire and then the long term operations cost of the item. This theory is extremely important when you are purchasing a home, or purchasing new utilities or appliances for your home. We’ve talked about the HERS index score as a guide to know the long term costs of operating your home. If you already own a home and are considering an upgrade, then you should consider the 2 price tags as well. The initial price for Energy Star equipment is more than non approved equipment, but in the long run, the Energy Star unit will cost far less to operate and will pay for itself in lower energy bills over the life of that appliance. Certinspectors can guide you through your purchase to make sure you consider both price tags.