Snapshot & Benefits:
Energy Star is a joint program between the Environmental Protection Agency and
the U.S. Department of Energy with a focus on energy-efficient and
environmentally-sensitive products. Their mission is to help consumers save
money while protecting the environment through the purchase of energy-efficient
products and homes. The Energy Star label is used to help consumers easily
identify which products (appliances, office equipment, lighting, electronics,
etc.) meet or exceed energy-efficiency standards to help save energy and money.
In order to be awarded the label, a product must:
minimal greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants
offer significant worldwide energy savings
be marketable to consumers with features they are looking for
have a reasonable return on investment
have a measurable energy usage
and be broadly available to consumers.
Similarly, Energy Star for New Homes certifies homes that are energy-efficient
and offer features that help reduce energy costs and save the environment.
Typically, Energy Star homes are 20-30% more efficient than standard homes.
Energy-efficiency in these homes is typically achieved through combinations of
Energy Star appliances, lighting, tightly sealed duct work, energy-efficient
windows, effective insulation, high performance heating and cooling equipment,
and a myriad of other features that help homeowners save money and energy.
Estimated Cost Savings:
While some Energy Star certified products are usually more expensive, the energy
savings they offer produces a relatively quick return on investment. For more
Energy Star's Product Guide
and click on the product you are interested in for details on projected energy
Some Energy Star products qualify for a federal tax incentive of up to 30% of
total costs. However, not every product qualifies and some qualify for different
incentives than others.
to find out about the different incentives offered and how to apply for the
Installation (Getting It Done):
When purchasing new appliances, office equipment, etc., look for the Energy Star
label. Talk to a salesperson and ask about Energy Star products and how the
energy savings compare to standard models. Consider consulting
Energy Star's Online Product Guide
before shopping for buying guidance.
Start with the simpler products such as light bulbs and cordless phones. These
are relatively inexpensive products that can have a dramatic impact on your
When purchasing or leasing a new home, look for one that has earned the Energy
Star label. These quality, high performance, energy-efficient homes were built
according to Energy Star guidelines with the constant guidance of a certified
rater, making them healthy, comfortable, affordable properties. Be sure to ask
your real estate agent about the home's energy-efficient features and projected
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More Information on This Topic:
Energy Star - About
Energy Star - What is Energy Star?
Energy Star - The Power to Protect the Environment Through Energy Efficiency
Energy Star - How a Product Earns the Label
Energy Star - Save Energy at Home
Energy Star for New Homes
Energy Star - Find Energy Star Products
Energy Star's Home Energy Yardstick
Energy Star Home Advisor