What Is ENERGY STAR?

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The ENERGY STAR program was established by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The ENERGY STAR label indicates a product that meets high standards of energy efficiency, as set forth by the agency. The logo is a blue and white star and appears in the form of a sticker on most products.

ENERGY STAR is a trusted, tested, government-backed symbol for energy efficiency helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy-efficient products and practices.

The ENERGY STAR label was established to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants caused by the inefficient use of energy; and make it easy for consumers to identify and purchase energy-efficient products that offer savings on energy bills without sacrificing performance, features, and comfort.

Products can earn the ENERGY STAR label by meeting the energy efficiency requirements set forth in ENERGY STAR product specifications. The Environmental Protection Agency establishes specifications based on the a set of key guiding principles that include the following:

Product categories must contribute significant energy savings nationwide.

Qualified products must deliver the features and performance demanded by consumers in addition to increased energy efficiency.

If the qualified product costs more than a conventional, less-efficient counterpart, purchasers will recover their investment in increased energy efficiency through utility bill savings, within a reasonable period of time.

Energy efficiency can be achieved through broadly available, non-proprietary technologies offered by more than one manufacturer.

Product energy consumption and performance can be measured and verified with testing.

Labeling would effectively differentiate products and be visible for purchasers.

Generally, a market share of ENERGY STAR qualified products in a particular category of 50 percent or higher will prompt consideration for a specification revision. Other factors can weigh into the decision such as a change in the Federal minimum efficiency standards, and technological changes with advances in energy efficiency that allows a revised ENERGY STAR specification to capture additional savings. Product availability, performance or quality issues with the product and issues with test procedures can also influence a products’ consideration for Energy Star specification.

You can find a list of ENERGY STAR qualified products at the website http://www.energystar.gov/products/certified-products. Make your next home appliance ENERGY STAR qualified and save money and help the environment!

Source: ENERGYSTAR.gov

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Photo of Trudy PickettTrudy PickettRetired (252) 527-2191 (Office) trudy_pickett@ncsu.eduLenoir County, North Carolina
Posted on Feb 25, 2015
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