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.
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