Results are already adding up. Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved enough energy in 2009 alone to avoid greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 30 million cars — all while saving nearly $17 billion on their utility bills.
For the Home
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. ENERGY STAR helps you make the energy efficient choice.
- 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 STAR.
- 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.
EPA provides an innovative energy performance rating system which businesses have already used for more than 130,000 buildings across the country. EPA also recognizes top performing buildings with the ENERGY STAR.
ENERGY STAR Educational Tips
ENERGY STAR qualified dishwashers use up to 30% less energy than the federal minimum standard for energy consumption.
ENERGY STAR qualified clothes washers use half the amount of water that standard washers use, saving between 8,000 - 11,000 gallons per year. They are also cheaper to operate and use up to 30% less energy than standard models.
In most households, the refrigerator is the single biggest energy consuming kitchen appliance. Replacing a refrigerator bought in 1990 with a new ENERGY STAR qualified model would save enough energy to light the average household for nearly four months.
An ENERGY STAR qualified dehumidifier removes the same amount of moisture as a similarly-sized standard unit, but with more efficient refrigeration coils, fans and compressors, and uses up to 20% less energy. By keeping the air dry, mold and mildew growth is decreased.
Room Air Conditioners
If every room air conditioner sold in the U.S. were ENERGY STAR qualified, it would prevent 1.3 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions - the equivalent of emissions from 115,000 cars.
Room Air Cleaners
ENERGY STAR qualified room air cleaners are 35% more energy-efficient than standard models. These savings could add up to $150 over the life of the air cleaner.