The Energy Star logo is one of most recognized symbols in America, but how much do you actually know about it? What it is and how does it help?
A government backed symbol, the Energy Star symbol represents energy efficiency. Providing simple, credible and unbiased information that help businesses and consumers, not only make well informed decisions, but makes it easier for them to purchase products that will save them money as well as protect the environment.
The Energy Star program was established by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1992, and since then with their partners continues to help save American families and their businesses on energy bills. (Close to $430 Billion). The EPA ensures that each product marked with the label is independently certified and each of those product is certified to delivery quality, performance and savings. Energy Star evolves with the market and as technology improves so aside from appliances like refrigerators, washing machines, and dishwashers, some additional products have been added to the list. The EPA updated performance requirements for four product categories as well as added five new product categories. Electric vehicle charges, lab grade refrigeration, smart thermostats, commercial coffee makers, and commercial boilers. So more and more items are now getting the stamp of approval to be Energy Star approved.
Energy Star even had new criteria for LED bulbs. This all leading the EPA to collaborate with the likes of manufacturers and energy efficiency program implementers to help better understand the key cost drivers in LED and the impact on customers. This new criteria helps recognize high quality performance at lower prices.
There is so much more that Energy Star covers aside from products. Homes, buildings, and Industrial Plants are other areas of focus for them. You can check out their website here to learn more about energy efficiency and the benefits.
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