Whether you are buying a new computer or a washer and dryer set, as an educated consumer we all realize the benefit of purchasing a product with the Energy Star label.
In 1992 the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to their website, introduced Energy Star as a voluntary labeling program designed to identify and promote energy-efficient products for the purpose of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
With the recent public education of greenhouse gas, purchasing products which are environmentally friendly has become a growing trend among consumers. In order to meet Energy Star requirements, products are required to meet very strict guidelines of product building material and performance. In certain industries there are products which routinely exceed the requirements of the Energy Star regulations.
But how does the EPA choose which products earn the label?
According to the www.energystar.gov website, there are 6 principles the EPA uses as a guideline of how a product may earn the coveted Energy Star label:
- 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.
The EPA continually looks to enhance the quality of products on the market through their research and testing. We may continue to look to the information they provide as a guideline for the most energy efficient products.