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Monday, April 12, 2010

Energy Star: What Does It Mean?

Energy Star is an international standard for energy efficient products. According to it, devices carrying the Energy Star logo use 20% to 30% less energy than required by federal standards. Its creation is dated back to 1992 under the Clinton Administration by the United States Environmental Protection Agency(EPA), in an attempt to reduce energy consumption and emission of greenhouse gases by power plants. Though created in the U.S., nations like Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Taiwan and the European Union have also adopted the plan. Energy Star has been hugely pivotal and successful in energy conservation and reducing pollution.

Today there are numerous energy star appliances available for consumers worldwide. More appliances like computers, refrigerators, air conditioning appliances, lighting and also home office and even new homes are coming up with the Energy Star qualification. The growing use of energy efficient lightings like the fluorescent lighting and LEDs can be credited to this program. The 2006 estimation by EPA, according to which about $14 billion was saved in the year alone in energy costs, is a success story. It is essential that consumers are aware of such programs that benefit them as individuals and also have an overall global impact. A label on a product can effectively differentiate energy efficient products making them visible and easy for buyers to pick the right product. Thus your spending can also in turn become saving!

How the EPA rates a product or how a product earns the Energy Star label can be found out in detail at the official Energy Star website. Generally, some guidelines are followed and tests are conducted on the products that determine which one qualifies or which one doesn't. For instance, a product must have the features and performance demanded by the consumers and a significant level of energy saving.

If you are buying a new appliance or starting a new business or building a new home, visit the website and find out the various possible ways to wisely buy or build. Also, as specification differs with each item, the EPA revises it from time to time. Updates regarding the revisions can also be found at the site. Apart from this you can also find out about tax credits for energy efficiency, the Energy Star Appliance Rebate Program and Recycling with Energy Star and more.

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