Change the World, Start with ENERGY STAR®
The average household spends more than $2,200 a year on energy bills, with nearly half of this going to heating and cooling costs. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can help you make smart decisions about your home’s heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system that can help save on energy costs, improve your overall comfort at home, and help fight global warming.
Did you know the energy used in the average house is responsible for twice as many greenhouse gas emissions as the average car? When power plants burn fossil fuels to make electricity, they release greenhouse gases. By using less energy at home, you help reduce the emissions that contribute to global warming.
A Better Future with ENERGY STAR®
ENERGY STAR is a voluntary partnership between the government and more than 9,000 organizations, including more than 3,500 of the nation’s home builders. Together with home buyers and their families, we are working to achieve a common goal—protecting the environment for future generations by changing to more energy-efficient practices and products today.
ENERGY STAR is the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency. It identifies new homes, buildings, and more than 50 types of products that are energy efficient and offer the features, quality, and performance that today’s consumers expect. Products that can earn the ENERGY STAR include windows, heating and cooling equipment, lighting, and appliances.
When you see products or services with the ENERGY STAR® label, you know they meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Since using less energy reduces greenhouse gas emissions and improves air quality, choosing ENERGY STAR is one way you can do your part to protect our planet for future generations.
About ENERGY STAR®
ENERGY STAR is the government-backed program that helps us all save money and protect our environment with energy-efficient products and practices. Whether you are looking for recommendations about energy-efficient equipment, getting a quality installation, HVAC maintenance, or ways to make your heating and cooling system operate more efficiently, EPA’s ENERGY STAR program can help.
Take the ENERGY STAR® Pledge
Join the fight against global warming:
Post this checklist where it can be a daily reminder to save energy, save money, and help fight global warming with ENERGY STAR. Then go to energystar.gov/changetheworld and tell us the steps you plan to take.
At Home, I PLEDGE TO:
- Change a Light: Replace at least one light in my home with an ENERGY STAR qualified one.
- Buy ENERGY STAR qualified holiday lights.
- Choose ENERGY STAR qualified products: TV, DVD player, home theater in a box (sound system), clothes washer, dishwasher, refrigerator.
- Choose ENERGY STAR qualified equipment for my home office: computer, monitor, multi-function device, fax, ink-jet printer.
- Enable my ENERGY STAR computer and monitor to sleep while I’m away.
- Set or program my thermostat to save energy while I’m asleep or away from home.
- Have my heating and cooling equipment tuned-up by a professional and change my air filter.
- Seal obvious leaks and repair disconnections in my home’s duct system.
- Seal my home’s envelope (outer walls, ceiling, windows, doors, and floors) with caulk, spray foam, and weather stripping, and add insulation to the attic.
At Work, I PLEDGE TO:
- Use a power strip as a central turn off point for all my office equipment to completely disconnect from the power supply.
- Unplug electronics once they are charged.
- Keep air vents clear of paper, files, and office supplies.
- Create a Green Team with my co-workers to help build support for energy efficiency.
- Talk to my boss about earning EPA’s ENERGY STAR for our building.
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More Resources by ENERGY STAR
Check out the ENERGY STAR references we’ve assembled for you.
Take a room-by-room tour of ENERGY STAR @ home and learn what you can do save energy, save money and help protect our environment in your own home. Take a Room-by-Room Tour here.
Find Solutions to issues within your home: Is your home cold, drafty, or uncomfortable? Do you have high energy bills? Ice dams? Peeling paint? Excessive dust? Addressing these types of home problems can make your home more comfortable, and at the same time improve its energy efficiency — saving you money on utility bills and helping to protect the environment too. Common home problems and solutions
ENERGY STAR also offers an interactive Energy Efficient Light Bulb Guide that you may access here.
Putting Energy Into Profits: ENERGY STAR® Small Business Online Guide. Virtually any small business can improve its energy efficiency easily and cost-effectively, using the numerous resources that are available both from ENERGY STAR, as well as a wide variety of other organizations. These resources are available to help you through the process of completing an upgrade. Download the ENERGY STAR Small Business Online Guide to find out how.
ENERGY STAR is about more than products. In fact, since 1992, EPA has also worked with organizations to help them save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by making their buildings and plants more energy efficient. Every year, they’re saving more than $9 billion and preventing nearly 120 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions from entering our atmosphere. Learn how ENERGY STAR can help you create a better building, a better bottom line, and a better world. Explore and learn how you can fight climate change while at work!
EPA offers a proven strategy and guidelines for energy management at work places that will improve a facility’s energy and financial performance while distinguishing your organization as an environmental leader. Check out the Guidelines for Energy Management
A great first step for many facilities is to rate the facilities energy performance on a scale of 1–100 relative to similar buildings nationwide. This benchmarking rating can be very helpful in understanding the urgency of energy improvement upgrades.Learn More about Energy Performance Benchmarking here.
Use “Target Finder”, a free on-line tool. Architects and building owners can set energy targets and scores the energy performance of projects during the design process. Target Finder will provides the annual energy use associated with the score for the project. Learn More about Target Finder
Access the entire library of documents made available by ENERGY STAR. See all the ENERGY STAR Tools & Resources here.