ENERGY STAR Major Milestones

2017

  • ENERGY STAR’S 25-year anniversary
  • More than 30,000 American commercial building properties certified as ENERGY STAR
  • Release of ENERGY STAR Best Value Finder to help American families find the lowest prices on ENERGY STAR certified products
  • Version 3.2 program requirements for ENERGY STAR certified homes in California and Washington State finalized (becoming effective in July 2018)
  • ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool adds 1-100 Water Score for multifamily properties to allow these properties to compare their water use against their peers
  • Pilot ENERGY STAR Tenant Space recognition program begins
  • Four updates to the ENERGY STAR product requirements effective this year including roof products, light bulbs, and commercial refrigerators

2016

  • More than 90% of American households recognize the ENERGY STAR label
  • More than 40% of the Fortune 500 companies rely on their partnership with EPA to achieve financial and energy savings
  • Nearly ninety percent of the nation’s top homebuilders build ENERGY STAR certified homes
  • New waste and materials tracking feature for ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager
  • Utilities and retailers forge new collaboration with ENERGY STAR--the ENERGY STAR Retail Products Platform--to sell more ENERGY STAR certified products
  • ENERGY STAR, in collaboration with retail, manufacturer, and utility partners, announce national call-to-action to change out 300 million light bulbs
  • Seven new ENERGY STAR product categories effective this year including electric vehicle chargers, coffee makers, and connected thermostats
  • Six updates to the ENERGY STAR product requirements effective this year including computer displays, dishwashers, dehumidifiers, and windows

2015

  • ENERGY STAR and its partners saved American families and businesses over $400 billion in energy costs since 1992
  • Americans purchase more than 300 million ENERGY STAR certified products, for a cumulative total exceeding 5.5 billion products (excluding purchases of light bulbs)
  • New program requirements for ENERGY STAR certified homes begin to become effective in states adopting 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) or equivalent (Version 3.1)
  • ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® DataTrends available for 16 property types
  • Congress directs EPA to develop a recognition program for energy efficient tenant spaces under the ENERGY STAR program 
  • Clothes dryers became a new ENERGY STAR product category this year
  • Eight updates to the ENERGY STAR product requirements effective this year including TVs, clothes washers, room air conditioners, water coolers, and water heaters

2014

2013

  • More than 1.5 million ENERGY STAR certified American homes built to-date
  • More than 20,000 American commercial building properties certified as ENERGY STAR
  • The ENERGY STAR Home Energy Yardstick tool update, allowing homeowners to upload their utility bills using ‘Green Button’ functionality
  • ENERGY STAR teams with the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) and launches program to help new car and truck dealerships reduce energy waste
  • ENERGY STAR label extends to the medical centers and universities
  • Four new ENERGY STAR product categories effective this year including data centers and commercial water heaters
  • Twelve updates to the ENERGY STAR product requirements effective this year including computer displays, room air conditioners, water heaters, furnaces, home audio equipment, and decorative string lights

2012

2011

2010

  • More than 80% of American households recognize the ENERGY STAR label
  • More than 10,000 American commercial building properties certified as ENERGY STAR
  • The first food processing plants earn ENERGY STAR
  • To protect program integrity, ENERGY STAR requires lab report from manufacturers when submitting products for ENERGY STAR certification
  • Launch of ENERGY STAR National Building Competition
  • Launch of 1-100 ENERGY STAR Score for Data Centers in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to assist data center operators in assessing their energy performance and reducing energy use
  • ENERGY STAR industrial partnership grows to 20 different industrial sectors and subsectors, fostering collaboration and developing industry-specific tools and resources
  • ENERGY STAR no longer available for external power adapters after market conversion to energy efficient adapters
  • Eleven updates to the ENERGY STAR product requirements effective this year product categories including computer displays, light bulbs, air conditioners, certain commercial HVAC, home audio equipment, windows and water coolers

2009

  • Americans purchased about 3 billion ENERGY STAR qualified products since 1992
  • The number of ENERGY STAR certified American homes built to-date surpasses 1 million
  • Over 50 American industrial facilities have received ENERGY STAR certification to date
  • First five pharmaceutical plants achieve ENERGY STAR certification
  • ENERGY STAR releases ENERGY STAR Top Cities, the first-ever ranking of U.S. cities based on the most ENERGY STAR buildings
  • Four new ENERGY STAR product categories effective this year including coffee makers, griddles, and water heaters
  • Fifteen updates to the ENERGY STAR product requirements effective this year including computers, computer displays, copiers, clothes washers, dishwashers, ceiling fans, furnaces, home audio equipment, and roof products

2008

  • Launch of national ENERGY STAR campaign for consumers
  • More than 5,000 American commercial building properties certified as ENERGY STAR
  • ENERGY STAR industrial partnership grows to over 15 different industrial sectors and subsectors, fostering collaboration and developing industry-specific tools and resources
  • Ice makers became a new ENERGY STAR product category this year
  • Ten updates to the ENERGY STAR product requirements effective this year including TVs, telephones, light bulbs, dehumidifiers, and refrigerators

2007

  • ENERGY STAR’S 15-year anniversary
  • More than 70% of American households recognize the ENERGY STAR label
  • ENERGY STAR qualified CFL sales for 2007 nearly double, reaching 20% market share
  • Release of second-generation requirements for homes to earn the ENERGY STAR (Version 2)
  • Eighth annual ENERGY STAR Change a Light campaign launches its first national bus tour
  • ENERGY STAR label extends to the first retail buildings
  • Three new ENERGY STAR product categories effective this year including commercial dishwashers and decorative light strings
  • Seven updates to the ENERGY STAR product requirements effective this year including computers, copiers, clothes washers, vending machines, dehumidifiers, dishwashers, and roof products

2006

  • ENERGY STAR and its partners have saved American families and businesses over $200 billion in energy costs since 1992
  • Launch of ENERGY STAR @ Home interactive tool as part of the annual summer "Cool Your World" campaign
  • Release of energy performance indicators for cement producers and corn refiners
  • First industrial plants receive ENERGY STAR certification
  • Battery charging systems became a new ENERGY STAR product category this year
  • Seven updates to the ENERGY STAR product requirements effective this year including telephones, computer displays, vending machines, dehumidifiers, ceiling fans, and furnaces

2005

  • Americans purchased more than 2 billion ENERGY STAR qualified products since 1992
  • More than 500,000 ENERGY STAR certified American homes built to-date
  • ENERGY STAR Industrial Focus on energy efficiency in cement
  • ENERGY STAR performance indicator for auto assembly plants
  • Fourteen state and local partners participating in Home Performance with ENERGY STAR
  • Release of ENERGY STAR Home Advisor online tool to provide homeowners with home energy efficiency recommendations
  • Half of states plus DC join EPA’s ENERGY STAR Challenge to address energy issues
  • Congress enacts Energy Policy Act that directed EPA and the Department of Energy to implement program to identify and promote energy–efficient products and buildings to reduce energy consumption, improve energy security, and reduce pollution through labeling or other communication and promote ENERGY STAR
  • External power adaptors became a new ENERGY STAR product category this year
  • Four updates to the ENERGY STAR product requirements effective this year including TVs, computer displays, and room air conditioners

2004

  • More than 60% of American households recognize the ENERGY STAR label
  • ENERGY STAR and its partners saved American families and businesses over $100 billion in energy costs since 1992
  • EPA expands ENERGY STAR to commercial new construction with the "Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR" label
  • Room air cleaners and vending machines became new ENERGY STAR product categories
  • Six updates to the ENERGY STAR product requirements effective this year including telephones, dishwashers, water coolers and exit signs

2003

  • ENERGY STAR, through its work with the U.S. auto manufacturing industry, provide first plant energy performance indicator for this industry
  • Three new ENERGY STAR product categories effective this year including fryers and steam cookers
  • Ten updates to the ENERGY STAR product requirements effective this year including TVs, light bulbs, telephones, clothes washers, room air conditioners, ceiling fans, traffic signals, and roof products

2002

2001

2000

  • ENERGY STAR label extends to the most energy efficient schools
  • US Army and Navy housing procurement specifications comply with ENERGY STAR program requirements
  • First annual Change a Light fall lighting promotion
  • Release of ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, an energy tracking and management tool for buildings
  • The European Union adopts the ENERGY STAR program
  • Traffic signals and water coolers became new ENERGY STAR product categories
  • Two updates to the ENERGY STAR product requirements effective this year including computers

1999

1998

  • Release of first ENERGY STAR rating for office buildings
  • TVs, VCRs, windows, doors, skylights, and roof products became new ENERGY STAR product categories
  • Updates to the ENERGY STAR product requirements effective this year for computer displays and boilers

1997

  • ENERGY STAR for homes expands to include manufactured homes
  • Four new ENERGY STAR product categories effective this year including clothes washers and light fixtures
  • An update to the ENERGY STAR product requirements effective this year for copiers

1996

  • EPA and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announce their ENERGY STAR partnership
  • Several national lenders offer ENERGY STAR mortgages to purchase certified new homes
  • Dishwashers, refrigerators/freezers, exit signs, room air conditioners, and boilers became new ENERGY STAR product categories

1995

  • Green Lights program merges with ENERGY STAR Buildings, a program designed to help businesses simultaneously improve their energy and financial performance
  • EPA launches ENERGY STAR for homes to help homebuyers identify energy efficient new homes in the marketplace
  • Four new ENERGY STAR product categories effective this year including copiers, heat pumps, and furnaces
  • Three updates to the ENERGY STAR product requirements effective this year including computer displays and printers

1994

1993

  • Executive Order encouraging federal agencies to purchase ENERGY STAR qualified computers, monitors, and printers
  • EPA pilots the ENERGY STAR Buildings program with 23 building owners to showcase an ENERGY STAR approach
  • Printers and fax machines became new ENERGY STAR product categories

1992

  • EPA launch of the ENERGY STAR label for office products starting with computers and displays

1991

  • EPA introduces Green Lights program, a partnership to promote efficient lighting systems in commercial and industrial buildings (later integrated into ENERGY STAR)

Please note that the dollar figures in the milestones above are valued in the year for which they were originally reported.
For additional details about ENERGY STAR achievements see energystar.gov/numbers