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How Can Federal Agencies Leverage the ENERGY STAR Program?

The ENERGY STAR program helps federal purchasers and other consumers quickly and easily identify products that are more energy efficient. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency started the ENERGY STAR program in 1992 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through greater energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on over 60 different types of products, as well as new homes and commercial and industrial buildings.

All of the major manufacturers of the key product categories purchased by federal agencies are ENERGY STAR partners. EPA, which currently works with over 17,000 organizations, also partners with the Department of Energy to develop test procedures and metrics and to monitor and verify procedure performance.

When developing the ENERGY STAR product specifications, the EPA considers the following criteria:

  • Significant energy savings will be realized on a national basis.
  • Product energy consumption and performance can be measured and verified with testing.
  • Product performance will be maintained or enhanced.
  • Purchasers of the product will recover any cost difference within a reasonable time period.
  • Specifications do not unjustly favor any one technology.
  • Labeling will effectively differentiate products to purchasers.

Federal agencies can trust that ENERGY STAR products meet their requirements for performance. All products that earn the ENERGY STAR are certified by independent organizations to ensure that they deliver the energy savings promised by the label. EPA can provide assistance Exit ENERGY STAR in developing or communicating your ENERGY STAR purchasing policy, leverage tools and resources developed by the ENERGY STAR program.