ENERGY STAR Major Milestones



  • Americans purchased more than 6 billion ENERGY STAR certified products since 1992
  • Since 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped American families and businesses save nearly 4 trillion kilowatt-hours of electricity
  • Over 200 American industrial plants have earned the ENERGY STAR for superior energy performance since 2006
  • Updated ENERGY STAR Product Finder for refrigerators, room air conditioners, clothes washers and dryers, and lighting
  • Version 3.2 program requirements for ENERGY STAR certified homes introduced in California, Oregon, and Washington
  • Released ENERGY STAR RaterPro, a tool to help energy rating companies collect field data during inspections required for ENERGY STAR certified homes
  • The 1-100 ENERGY STAR Scores for offices, K-12 schools, retail stores and supermarkets, warehouses, hotel properties, and worship facilities performance metrics for the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® tool were updated were updated based on recent market data
  • Storm windows became a new ENERGY STAR product category this year
  • Updates to the ENERGY STAR product requirements for six categories effective this year including computers, clothes washers, ceiling fans, and ice makers.




  • 20th anniversary of ENERGY STAR Certified Homes program
  • Americans purchased more than 300 million ENERGY STAR certified products, for a cumulative total exceeding 5.5 billion products (excluding purchases of light bulbs)
  • Version 3.1 program requirements for ENERGY STAR certified homes begin to become effective in states adopting 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) or equivalent
  • 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
  • Updates to the ENERGY STAR product requirements for eight categories effective this year including TVs, clothes washers, room air conditioners, water coolers, and water heaters






  • 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
  • Updates to the ENERGY STAR product requirements for eleven categories effective this year including computer displays, light bulbs, air conditioners, certain commercial HVAC, home audio equipment, windows and water coolers








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








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






  • 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 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.