What makes appliances ENERGY STAR®?

May 31, 2017

When you shop for appliances and electronics for your home, do you look for the blue label? We’re talking about ENERGY STAR®.

2017 marks the 25th anniversary for the program, which was created by the US Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency as a way to help consumers and businesses protect the environment by saving energy and reducing emissions.

What started out as a label to identify energy efficient computers and printers quickly expanded into many of the household appliances and products we use every day like light bulbs, refrigerators, heating and cooling equipment, clothes washers and dryers, dehumidifiers and many more. Even entire buildings can earn the ENERGY STAR designation.

But what does it mean for a product to be ENERGY STAR certified? For starters, it’s a voluntary program. Manufacturers recognize the market potential and consumer demand for energy saving products. No one is forcing them to make efficient products, it just makes good business sense.

To earn the label the products must meet strict standards set by the program for energy savings. These energy standards go beyond the federal minimum standards for energy efficiency. However, energy savings alone does not qualify a product to earn the label. The products also need to perform with the same level of quality – or better – as their less efficient counterparts. You get savings and the quality you expect.

Each product category has its own standards to achieve ENERGY STAR status. For example:

  • ENERGY STAR certified light bulbs use at least 70% less energy and have a lifespan 15 times greater than incandescent bulbs
  • ENERGY STAR certified refrigerators use at least 10% less energy
  • ENERGY STAR central air conditioners have higher seasonal energy efficiency ratios (SEER) and use 8% less energy than conventional new models

As federal efficiency standards increase, so do the requirements for ENERGY STAR.

In the last 25 years, the ENERGY STAR program has saved consumers and businesses an estimated $430 billion in energy savings, 4.6 trillion kilowatt hours of electricity and 2.8 billion metric tons of greenhouse gases. That’s a lot of success.

Looking for the blue ENERGY STAR label is an easy way to find products that will help you save energy while providing quality products and convenient features. And an easy way to save on ENERGY STAR products themselves is with the many rebates offered through Mass Save. Click here to find savings on the ENERGY STAR products you’re looking for.

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