ENERGY STAR® is the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency, providing simple, credible, and unbiased information that consumers and businesses rely on to make well-informed decisions. Thousands of industrial, commercial, utility, state, and local organizations—including about 40 percent of the Fortune 500®— partner with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deliver cost-saving energy efficiency solutions through voluntary action.
- Since 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped American families and businesses save more than 4 trillion kilowatt-hours of electricity and achieve over 3.5 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas reductions, equivalent to the annual emissions of more than 750 million cars.
- In 2018 alone, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped Americans save nearly 430 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity and avoid $35 billion in energy costs, with associated emission reductions of 330 million metric tons of greenhouse gases, 220,000 short tons of sulfur dioxide, 210,000 short tons of nitrogen oxides, and 23,000 short tons of fine particulate matter (PM2.5).1,2
- More than 90% of American households recognize the ENERGY STAR.3
- More than 800 utilities, state and local governments, and nonprofits leverage ENERGY STAR in their efficiency programs, reaching roughly 95% of households in all 50 states. Nationwide, utilities invested $8 billion in energy efficiency programs in 2018.4
- Over 800,000 Americans are employed in manufacturing or installing ENERGY STAR certified appliances, including heating and cooling equipment -- over 30% of an estimated 2.3 million U.S. energy efficiency jobs in 2019.5
ENERGY STAR products
- In 2018, ENERGY STAR certified products helped consumers save 200 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity, avoid $20 billion in energy costs, and achieve 150 million metric tons of greenhouse gas reductions.1,2
- Americans purchased more than 300 million ENERGY STAR certified products and more than 300 million ENERGY STAR certified light bulbs in 2018, for cumulative totals exceeding 6 billion products and more than 4 billion light bulbs, respectively.
- The estimated annual market value of ENERGY STAR product sales is more than $100 billion.
- EPA sets definitions of efficiency leadership for more than 75 residential and commercial product categories. Currently, approximately 70,000 product models have earned the ENERGY STAR based on these rigorous criteria.
- More than 3,000 product models from more than 180 manufacturers were recognized as “ENERGY STAR Most Efficient” in 2019.
- By choosing ENERGY STAR, a typical household can save more than $575 on their energy bills and still enjoy the quality and performance they expect.6
- About three-fourths of U.S. households that purchased an ENERGY STAR certified product report the label as influential in their purchasing decisions.3
- 80% of purchasers would recommend ENERGY STAR products to a friend.3
ENERGY STAR for commercial buildings
- In 2018, the ENERGY STAR program for commercial buildings helped businesses and organizations save 190 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity, avoid $12 billion in energy costs, and achieve 140 million metric tons of greenhouse gas reductions.1,2
- In 2019 alone, more than 260,000 commercial properties used EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® tool to measure and track their energy use, water use, and/or waste and materials. These buildings comprise 24 billion square feet of floorspace—nearly a quarter of all the commercial floorspace in the nation.
- More than 5,700 buildings earned the ENERGY STAR in 2019, bringing the total to more than 36,000 buildings.
- On average, ENERGY STAR certified buildings use 35% less energy than typical buildings nationwide. As of the end of 2019, 32 local governments, three states, and one Canadian province rely on EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® tool as the foundation for their energy benchmarking and transparency policies.
ENERGY STAR for industrial plants
- In 2018, the ENERGY STAR program for industrial plants helped businesses save 36 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity, avoid $3 billion in energy costs, and achieve 40 million metric tons of greenhouse gas reductions.1,2
- As of 2019, 33 diverse industrial sectors work with ENERGY STAR to strategically manage their energy use, from cookie and cracker bakeries and pharmaceutical plants to integrated steel mills and petroleum refineries.
- 95 industrial plants earned the ENERGY STAR in 2019.
- 25 industrial plants achieved energy intensity reductions in the 2019 ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry campaign.
ENERGY STAR for the residential sector
- In 2018, the ENERGY STAR Residential New Construction Programs helped homeowners save 3 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity, avoid $400 million in energy costs, and achieve 4 million metric tons of greenhouse gas reductions.1,2
- More than 2 million ENERGY STAR certified new homes and apartments have been built to date, including nearly 100,000 in 2019 alone.
- 2,800 builders, developers, and manufactured housing plants are ENERGY STAR partners, including all of the nation’s twenty largest homebuilders. One out of every 12 single-family homes built in 2019 was ENERGY STAR certified.
- ENERGY STAR certified homes and apartments are at least 10% more energy efficient than those built to code and achieve a 20% improvement on average while providing homeowners with better quality, performance, and comfort. Home Performance with ENERGY STAR partners completed over 98,000 home improvement projects to increase energy efficiency and comfort in 2019, for a total of more than 873,000 to date.
The majority of data cited is from 2019. In cases where 2019 data is not yet available, 2018 data is used. All instances are noted as such.
- Estimated energy cost savings represent the present value of net energy cost savings, calculated by taking the difference between total energy bill savings and the incremental additional investment in energy-efficient technologies and services.
- Estimates of contributions to emission reductions do not account for overlapping impacts of regulatory programs and may be affected by other dynamics on the electrical grid.
- EPA Office of Air and Radiation, Climate Protection Partnerships Division. (2017). National Awareness of ENERGY STAR® for 2016: Analysis of 2016 CEE Household Survey. http://energystar.gov/awareness.
- ACEEE. (2019). The 2019 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard. https://aceee.org/research-report/u1908 (link is external) (link is external).
- NASEO and Energy Futures Initiative. (2019). U.S. Energy and Employment Report. https://www.usenergyjobs.org/report (link is external) (link is external). Per the USEER Report, energy efficiency jobs, “include the manufacture of ENERGY STAR®-labeled products, as well as building design and contracting services that provide insulation, improve natural lighting, and reduce overall energy consumption across homes and businesses.” The survey does not account for retail employment.
- Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. (2016). Typical House Estimates. Prepared for EPA Office of Air and Radiation, Climate Protection Partnerships Division.
For more information on our calculation methods, see the Technical Notes (PDF, 150 KB). 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 the ENERGY STAR Award Winners Page.