Energy Star celebrates 20 years of energy efficiency

Washington, D.C., March 30, 2012 — In March, the Energy Star celebrates 20 years. It's come a long way. The Energy Star label provides a simple way for consumers to identify energy-efficient products, and they respond to the label by choosing to buy products that will allow them to save power.

Being energy-efficient is one of the fastest, easiest and cheapest ways for power consumers to save money according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Energy Star program offers ways for the average American to do just that.

The Energy Star label started out as being applicable to office products such as personal computers and monitors before expanding to include heating and cooling equipment, residential appliances, lighting, windows, doors and skylights, TVs, VCRs and solid-door refrigerator/freezers.

Of course, in the larger picture, the program has helped reduce the U.S.' greenhouse gas emissions.

According to the EPA, over the past two decades since 1992, American families and businesses have saved a total of nearly $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.7 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions with the help of Energy Star.

Based on the results of the 12th national household survey of consumer awareness of Energy Star sponsored by the Consortium for Energy Efficiency, people recognize the label and its influencing their buying decisions.

The survey took a look at consumer recognition, understanding and purchasing influence of the Energy Star label and found that 84 percent of households recognized it.

Of the households surveyed, 64 percent associated the Energy Star label with efficiency or energy savings. Of those who said they recognized the label, 76 percent said it influenced their purchasing decisions.

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