Quick Definition

ENERGY STARĀ®: A voluntary, government-backed labeling program that promotes energy-efficient consumer products and homes. Developed in 1992, ENERGY STAR helps businesses and consumers easily identify energy-efficient homes, buildings and products such as major appliances, office-equipment, lighting and home electronics. (Yudelson)

Typically ENERGY STAR certified products use 20%-30% less energy than is mandated by federal standards.

In Depth

Reviewed by the EPA, products that meet energy requirements based on the following principles are given the ENERGY STAR rating:

  • Product categories must contribute significant energy savings nationwide
  • Qualified products must deliver the features and performance demanded by consumers, in addition to increased energy efficiency
  • If the qualified product costs more than a conventional, less-efficient counterpart, purchasers will recover their investment in increased energy efficiency through utility bill savings, within a reasonable period of time
  • Energy efficiency can be achieved through broadly available, non-proprietary technologies offered by more than one manufacturer
  • Product energy consumption and performance can be measured and verified with testing
  • Labeling would effectively differentiate products and be visible for purchasers

Every few years, the selection criteria are updated as products, performance requirements and federal standards change.

 

Our Application

All appliances, light fixtures and windows used in Make It Right homes and buildings are ENERGY STAR rated.