Millions of American consumers and businesses choose or invest in energy efficient products, homes, buildings, and industrial plants to lower their utility costs and prevent pollution. To meet this demand, thousands of American businesses offer energy efficient products and services to provide greater value to their customers, boost revenues and profits, promote sustainability, reduce greenhouse emissions, and gain a competitive advantage.
What is energy efficiency?
Simply put, energy efficiency is about using less energy to get the same job done – and in the process, avoiding high energy bills and unnecessary pollution. Many products, homes, commercial buildings, and industrial facilities consume far more energy than needed. For example, energy efficient light bulbs certified by ENERGY STAR use up to 90% less energy than standard bulbs to do the same job: light up a room (and last 15 times longer).
ENERGY STAR is the simple choice for energy efficiency. The blue ENERGY STAR label lets a consumer or business know that a product, home, or building is more energy-efficient than others in the marketplace, while still getting the same (or better) performance. Since 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped save American families and businesses nearly 4 trillion kilowatt-hours of electricity and achieve over 3 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas reductions. In 2017 alone, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped Americans avoid $30 billion in energy costs.
Energy Efficient Products
ENERGY STAR is the simple choice for energy efficient products including: appliances, lighting, computer equipment, electronics, heating and cooling products, windows, and insulation. Americans purchased more than 300 million ENERGY STAR certified products in 2017.
The typical household spends $2000 a year on energy bills. With ENERGY STAR you can save 30% or about $575 on your energy bills, while avoiding more than 5,500 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions. Many Americans don’t realize that their utility bills are higher than necessary because they are using older, inefficient appliances and products, or because their homes are poorly insulated. On average, an older refrigerator uses approximately twice as much energy as a new ENERGY STAR certified refrigerator. Older, inefficient products in your home or business waste energy, leading to higher utility bills and unnecessary pollution.
Energy efficiency is the solution. More than 90% of Americans recognize the ENERGY STAR® label. As the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency, ENERGY STAR makes it easy to purchase energy efficient products that save them money and protect the environment. ENERGY STAR products are independently certified to save energy, without sacrificing features or functionality. Saving energy helps prevent climate change and promote clean air. ENERGY STAR certified products helped consumers avoid $18 billion in energy costs in 2017. Look for the ENERGY STAR label to save money on your utility bills and help protect our environment.
Energy Efficient Homes
ENERGY STAR is the simple choice for building or purchasing an energy efficient new home. More than 98,000 ENERGY STAR certified energy-efficient single-family homes and apartments were built in 2018 alone, with nearly 2 million certified to date. These high-performing homes can be found across the U.S. and in every market segment, including attached and unattached single-family homes, townhouses, and condos and apartment rentals in multifamily buildings. They include custom-built and move-up homes, entry levels homes, affordable homes, and even manufactured homes.
Older, inefficient homes typically have high utility bills and maintenance costs, and are uncomfortable to live in. They often have drafts and leaks, poorly performing heating and cooling systems, and chronic moisture and indoor air quality problems.
Energy efficiency is the solution. A new home or apartment that has earned the ENERGY STAR label has been verified to meet strict energy efficiency requirements set by EPA. ENERGY STAR certified homes are at least 10% more energy efficient than homes built to code and achieve a 20% improvement on average, while providing homeowners with better quality, performance, and comfort. Together, American homeowners living in ENERGY STAR certified new homes avoided $400 million in energy costs in 2017 alone.
For existing homes, ENERGY STAR provides online tools to identify energy efficiency opportunities for homeowners and renters to reduce energy bills and improve comfort. This includes the Home Energy Yardstick, ENERGY STAR Home Advisor, and guidance to seal and insulate existing homes, as well as maintain or replace heating and cooling systems. Homeowners can also get expert help from a participating contractor in the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program. This program takes a whole-house approach to home improvements so that the systems in a home work together to provide the most comfortable, efficient living space.
Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings
ENERGY STAR is the simple choice for energy efficient commercial buildings. Hundreds of thousands of commercial properties use EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® tool to measure and track their energy use, water use, and waste and materials. In 2018, more than 8,100 commercial buildings earned the ENERGY STAR, bringing the total to more than 34,000.
The average commercial building wastes 30 percent of the energy it consumes. American businesses spent approximately $350 billion on energy costs in 2016 at commercial and industrial facilities. These businesses would save approximately $35 billion with just a 10% improvement in energy efficiency. Companies that don’t pursue energy efficiency in their buildings lose opportunities to reduce this wasted energy, increase profits, improve competitiveness, and boost environmental performance.
Energy efficiency is the solution. Commercial building owners and operators are avoiding unnecessary energy costs, improving financial performance and reducing emissions through energy efficiency and ENERGY STAR. Buildings that earn the ENERGY STAR use, on average, 35 percent less energy than their peers. The ENERGY STAR program for commercial buildings helped businesses and organizations avoid $9 billion in energy costs in 2017.
Energy Efficient Industrial Plants
ENERGY STAR is the simple choice for energy efficient industrial plants. EPA currently works with 31 different industrial sectors to foster collaboration and develop industry-specific tools and resources. These sectors span the U.S. economy—from cookie and cracker bakeries and pharmaceutical plants to steel mills and petroleum refineries.
Industrial companies that don’t focus sufficient attention on energy efficiency through robust energy management programs incur increased energy costs, increased risks of higher energy costs, and avoidable energy-related emissions. ENERGY STAR EPIs (plant Energy Performance Indicators) demonstrate that some companies are far more competitive than others in the same industry in terms of these energy costs and risks.
Energy efficiency is the solution. American manufacturers have embraced ENERGY STAR to build successful energy efficiency programs, engage in vibrant peer networks, and improve the energy performance of their facilities. The ENERGY STAR program for industrial plants helped businesses avoid $3 billion in energy costs in 2017. In 2018, 100 industrial plants were ENERGY STAR certified for their superior energy efficiency.
For information about ENERGY STAR achievements see ENERGY STAR By the Numbers. For ENERGY STAR facts and figures broken down geographically by state, see ENERGY STAR State Fact Sheets. For achievements by ENERGY STAR Award Winners, see ENERGY STAR Awards.