The ENERGY STAR program got its start in 1992, but energy efficiency has been around for a lot longer than that. One famous moment in the history of energy conservation was the 1973 oil crisis. With global events triggering an oil shortage in the U.S., Americans found themselves pulling up to gas stations with no fuel, and businesses with no electricity. Faced with these circumstances, they had no choice but to conserve energy.
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Saving energy isn’t just about reducing the numbers on your utility bills—it also helps reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, an important part of mitigating the impacts of climate change. Climate change refers to a rise in average global temperature, and this rise in temperature doesn’t just give us hotter days, it also causes a whole range of other weather and climate events.
Today, more than 85 percent of American households recognize the ENERGY STAR label. That’s likely, in large part, due to the more than 320 million ENERGY STAR certified products that were sold in 2014 alone. Those products, along with ENERGY STAR certified buildings and homes, have helped families and businesses save $362 billion on utility bills since 1992.