Posts made in March, 2010


“E” is for Energy Star


Posted By on Mar 8, 2010

I’ve had a bit of trouble writing this blog.  “E” was a hard letter to find a topic for.  Energy Efficiency was one of the first topics I came up with.  As I researched however, I got lost in all of the available information.  I had the same problem with Eco-friendly building products which was my second choice.  After going through several other topic ideas, I have circled back to my initial topic.  I have chosen to narrow my focus a bit to the Energy Star program.

The Energy Star Program was released by the US Environmental Protection Agency in 1992.  In 1996 the EPA partnered with the US Department of Energy (DOE).  The first products to be promoted as Energy Star compliant were PC’s and monitors.  Since then every manufacturer of products that use energy has worked diligently to acquire and maintain the Energy Star qualification of their products.  Everything from blenders to light fixture and appliances to complete homes can be certified as part of the Energy Star program.  By April of 2009, 75% of Americans and Canadians were aware of the Energy Star Program.

As stated on the Energy Star website, the goal of the Energy Star program help consumers “save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.”  The program does this by testing products by their strict energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions guidelines.  Those products that meet the guidelines are allowed to be promoted as “Energy Star Products.”  Most manufacturers clearly advertise this certification, as it is easily recognized by the general public.  While the initial cost of the product maybe slightly more than a similar product that isn’t Energy Star compliant, but the cost of using these products have been greatly reduced.

This blog has barely touched the surface of what the Energy Star program is.  For more information, please visit their website at www.energystar.gov

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