What is the Energy Star Rating?

Energy Star RatingEnergy Star is a voluntary program to promote saving energy. It was developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) in 1992. Energy Star qualified products use less energy, cost less money, and create fewer greenhouse gases.

The U.S. government is eager to save energy. Local and state campaigns are underway, as well as federal initiatives. For example, the Mayor of New York City signed the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan in 2009. This requires large buildings to track and report their energy use.

The Energy Star program has been very successful, and now Energy Star has become the international symbol of energy efficiency. Many energy utilities, energy service companies, and manufacturers of energy-efficient products have adopted the Energy Star rating. It’s used and respected in Europe and Australia, as well as North America. If you see the symbol on a product, you know it saves energy.

Energy Star products

The specifications for Energy Star certificates differ for each item. The EPA sets the standards for energy efficiency. These specifications ensure that the Energy Star product contributes to significant nationwide energy savings. Of course, the products must perform well in addition to being energy efficient.
Purchasing an Energy Star product means that, even if this product costs more than a non-Energy Star product, you’ll recover your investment through lower energy bills.

According to Energy Star, heating and cooling appliances account for 46% of the average household’s energy bill. So it makes sense to use the most energy-efficient appliances you can afford.

You can get energy-efficient appliances for every room in your home. They include:

  • Heating and cooling appliances
  • Water heaters
  • Kitchen appliances
  • Laundry appliances
  • Lighting
  • Computers
  • Audio/video equipment
  • Battery chargers

Energy Star homes

Homes and other buildings can also be awarded the Energy Star symbol. The U.S EPA has set strict building practices, which means Energy Star homes use up to 30% less energy than the average new home.

Energy Star has made it easy to make your home more energy efficient. They launched their “Home Performance with Energy Star” program in 2001, and by 2012 over 150,000 families had reduced both their utility bills and energy use.

If one in ten U.S. households used Energy Star certified heating and cooling equipment, 12 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions would be cut. This is comparable to taking 1.1 million cars off the road!

You can find many useful energy saving tips from Energy Star. Even just replacing air filters can save you energy.

Energy Star success

Energy efficiency is important to governments and citizens. Saving energy means saving the planet and smaller energy bills. The annual energy bill for an average single family household is about $2,200 per year.

In Energy Star’s 20 years, U.S. homeowners have saved almost $230 billion on their utility bills with the help of Energy Star.

So looking out for the Energy Star symbol when you’re shopping for appliances is an easy, reliable way to ensure you’re getting the most value for your energy dollars.

Sources used in researching this article include Energy Star’s website

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