The Energy Star Program

ENERGY STAR® is a joint program of the EPA and the DOE, designed to save money and protect the environment through energy-efficient products and practices.

The detection of wasted heat escaping from a house can be detected through the use of thermal infrared scanners in a branch of science called thermography. The yellows, oranges, and reds (brighter areas) indicate the places where the most energy is escaping. This is usually around the windows and doors of the house. Double-pane insulated windows can reduce energy loss. In homes where heat is escaping through the roof and walls, more insulation is required to prevent energy loss. In homes in London, it is obvious which fireplaces are being used (red)—the blue ones are cold and heat is escaping through most of the windows and doors. (Wildgoose Education, Ltd.)

In 1992, the EPA introduced ENERGY STAR® as a voluntary labeling program designed to identify and promote energy-efficient products to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The first products to receive ENERGY STAR® recognition were computers and monitors. In 1995, the EPA expanded the program to include office equipment.

Today, the ENERGY STAR® label appears on a diverse range of products from major appliances to office equipment to lighting and home electronics.

The program has made significant inroads since its inception through partnerships with more than 12,000 public and private organizations. It educates both organizations and consumers about energy-efficient practices and green living. Recently, the issue has become even more critical as the prices of energy fluctuate wildly in the marketplace. The program provides helpful and informative information on more than 50 product categories involving thousands of different products for homes, schools, hospitals, businesses, and offices. The products listed with an ENERGY STAR® rating are guaranteed to have the same, or better, performance as comparable models while using less energy and saving money.

Geared toward homes and other buildings, ENERGY STAR® saved Americans enough energy in 2007 to avoid greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 27 million cars—a savings equal to $16 billion on utility bills.

Household appliances such as stoves, ovens, refrigerators, freezers, washers, and driers can help save up to one-third off of greenhouse gas emissions and energy bills. New homes are being built across the country certified under the ENERGY STAR® program.

One of the largest benefits of the program is that using energy more efficiently avoids emissions from power plants, avoids the need to construct additional power plants, and reduces energy bills. Because of this, the EPA has determined significant benefits have already been realized. In one year, the ENERGY STAR® program prevented greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 14 million vehicles and avoided using the power that 50 300-megawatt (MW) power plants would have produced, while saving more than $7 billion.

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