Did you know that if every American replaced just one light bulb in their home with an Energy Star bulb, enough energy would be saved to light over 3 million homes for a year? That is over $680 million in annual energy costs. Also, greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 800,000 cars would be prevented. Not to mention changing just one bulb saves each household $40 or more on their energy bill over the lifetime of the bulb.
So, what does it mean for a product to be Energy Star certified? Products earn the Energy Star label once they have been tested by a third-party certified EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) laboratory to meet strict EPA energy efficiency guidelines and each product category has its own efficiency requirements. Products are tested to see if they contribute significant energy savings and deliver features and performance that satisfy the consumer’s demand. The EPA will typically raise the specifications when 50% or more of a product category consists of Energy Star products. If the product costs more than a conventional less-efficient product, purchasers need the ability to recover their investment from the increased energy efficiency through their utility bills in a reasonable amount of time. “Off-the-shelf” verification testing is performed each year to a percentage of Energy Star products to ensure the product maintains Energy Star requirements. Today, an Energy Star washing machine uses about 70% less energy and 75% less water when compared to a standard washer 20 years ago. While an Energy Star light bulb uses about 75% less energy than an incandescent bulb, lasts 10 to 25 times longer, and produces 75% less heat.