Energy Star: EarthTechling Earth Videos

One of the easiest ways to make sure your home is energy efficient is by choosing Energy Star products. But what is Energy Star? It’s a joint program between the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Department of Energy (DOE), designed to promote energy-saving and environmental consciousness. Products that achieve energy efficiency are given the Energy Star label, which means they have met the program’s guidelines and use energy in a responsible manner. Energy Star also evaluates entire houses, taking things like insulation, windows, and heating and cooling systems into consideration, and homes that are certified enjoy reduced bills and energy consumption. In 2010, Energy Star helped Americans pare down their energy bills by $18 billion.

Energy Star

image via Energy Star

For this week’s EarthTechling Earth Videos, we’ve compiled some videos from and about Energy Star, covering what the program is, how their ratings work, and some examples of the appliances and fixtures approved by Energy Star that could help save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Set & Save: Using Your Programmable Thermostat

Bring Your Green to Work with ENERGY STAR

ENERGY STAR At Home

Understanding Energy Star

How to Save Energy with ENERGY STAR Windows – The Home Depot

Laura Caseley is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz and a resident of New York State’s Hudson Valley. She writes for several publications and when she’s not writing, she can usually be found painting in her makeshift studio or enjoying the scenery of her hometown.