ENERGY STAR® labels voluntarily appear on appliances that are the most energy efficient products in their class. A joint program created in 1992 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Star® has become an international standard for energy efficient consumer products. Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Taiwan and the European Union have all adopted the American program.
The program began by labeling energy efficient computers and monitors before expanding to include additional office equipment and residential heating and cooling equipment. The ENERGY STAR label now also appears on major appliances, lighting, home electronics, and more. Qualified products are as much as 65 percent more energy efficient than standard models. EPA has also extended the label to cover new homes and commercial and industrial buildings.
For consumers, looking for appliances with the ENERGY STAR label can make purchasing decisions easier. These products not only save energy; they help prevent air pollution and save money, frequently by offering better performance. ENERGY STAR is a symbol of energy efficiency.
You can find more information about the ENERGY STAR® program, locate products that qualify for the ENERGY STAR® label, find the latest information about tax credits and rebates, and learn about new ENERGY STAR® rated homes on the ENERGY STAR® website.