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ENERGY STAR is a joint program between the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Department of Energy (DOE) developed to provide buyers with an objective measurement for products with improved energy efficiency. ENERGY STAR products use 10-50 percent less energy compared to standard models, and where applicable, reduce paper and water consumption, too.

How to buy ENERGY STAR products

ENERGY STARThe ENERGY STAR label covers a myriad of products available to businesses and consumers alike, ranging from the humble battery charger to super-efficient windows and doors. They even have a program for ENERGY STAR labeled buildings (hotels, restaurants, and more). Finding these products couldn't be easier with these simple steps:

  1. Consult the ENERGY STAR website for specific products.
  2. The ENERGY STAR logo is usually fairly prominent on the packaging or the product itself, so pick up the box and take a look. When selecting appliances, the logo may appear on the appliance itself, the packaging, or on the EnergyGuide label.EnergyGuide
  3. If you don't see the ENERGY STAR logo, ask for help from a salesperson on identifying ENERGY STAR products.

As you browse, you may notice slightly higher prices for ENERGY STAR products, but just keep in mind that the initial price tag is not where you'll stop paying. Costs of installation, maintenance, repairs and operation apply after the initial purchase. Buying a more expensive, but energy efficient model saves money by saving energy over the product's lifetime.

Here are some ENERGY STAR products:

Choosing ENERGY STAR products helps you go green because...

  • They adhere to a higher standard of energy efficiency, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Where applicable, they use water and paper, as well as other resources, more sparingly.

Through the ENERGY STAR initiative, in 2006, Americans saved enough energy to avoid the equivalent of greenhouse gas emissions from 25 million cars while at the same time saving $14 billion on utility bills.[1] If only 1/10th of American households switched over to ENERGY STAR appliances, the CO2 savings would be equivalent to the carbon sequestration of 1.7 million acres of trees.[2]

Tax breaks and subsidies

Tax credits are available for some ENERGY STAR home improvement products, including high quality heating and cooling systems, central air conditioners, CFL lightbulbs, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, washing machines, and more. Go to the ENERGY STAR Rebate Locator for more product details.

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04/24/2009
7:26am
GreenDude

I just got to say, this fun fact, if every person in canada used just 1 CFL lightbulb, it will take over 35 thousand cars off the road for a year, USE CFL LIGHTBULBS, my third pet peeve.

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