Energy STAR is a joint program of the U.S.
Departments of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency. The program
promotes the manufacture and use of energy efficient products to protect
the environment and conserve resources. The Energy STAR program rewards
manufacturers and consumers by offering incentives to participate.
When you purchase an Energy STAR product,
you may qualify for a rebate or a tax credit. Even if there is no cash
incentive, we all benefit from the use of Energy STAR products because
they are designed to directly or indirectly
reduce our demand for energy.
A reduction in energy demand directly translates into a reduction in
pollution and reduced consumption of resources such as coal and oil.
Energy efficient choices can save families about a third on their energy
bill with similar savings of greenhouse gas emissions, without sacrificing
features, style or comfort.
The Energy STAR program is huge in that it encompasses so many products
used in our homes. Whether it is windows, insulation, refrigerators, washing machines, heating
and cooling, swimming pools or many other products, we encounter them
every day. Energy STAR also figures into home construction and remodeling
because its use in building practices can further reduce energy consumption.
If looking for new household products, look for ones that have earned
the ENERGY STAR. They meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set
by the EPA and US Department of Energy.
If looking for a new home, look for one that has earned the ENERGY
If looking to make larger improvements to your home, EPA offers tools
and resources to help you plan and undertake projects to reduce your
energy bills and improve home comfort.
To determine if you qualify for an Energy STAR rebate or tax credit,
check with your local utility company or with the EPA