ENERGY STAR is the simple choice for energy efficiency, making it easy for consumers and businesses to purchase products that save them money and protect the environment. EPA ensures that each product that earns the label is independently certified to deliver the quality, performance, and savings that consumers have come to expect. It’s that integrity that led Americans to purchase more than 300 million ENERGY STAR certified products in 2015, with a sales value of more than $100 billion. In fact, an average of 800,000 ENERGY STAR certified products were sold every day in 2015, bringing the total to more than 5.5 billion products sold since 1992.
Together, ENERGY STAR certified products helped consumers save $23 billion in energy costs in 2015, contributing to cumulative energy cost savings of $246 billion since 1992.*
The power of partnership
Consumers, utilities, and retailers all depend on the ENERGY STAR program to highlight products that deliver real consumer savings and give partners the tools they need to differentiate their efficient products. In 2016, more than 2,000 manufacturers and 2,600 retailers partnered with ENERGY STAR to make and sell millions of ENERGY STAR certified products across more than 75 residential and commercial product categories. Utilities and retailers also teamed up with ENERGY STAR to coordinate on consumer education, leveraging ENERGY STAR materials to provide consistent information to consumers, including a focused effort in 2016 to raise awareness about more efficient refrigerators, air conditioners, pool pumps, water heaters, and light bulbs.
Evolving with the market
As technology improves and industries change, ENERGY STAR evolves with the market to deliver continued savings. For example, in 2016, EPA updated performance requirements for four product categories. In addition, ENERGY STAR added five new product categories: electric vehicle chargers, lab-grade refrigeration, smart thermostats, commercial coffee makers, and commercial boilers. Nineteen additions and revisions to the product categories are currently underway. In 2016, more than 2,000 product models from more than 130 manufacturers were recognized as “ENERGY STAR Most Efficient,” a distinction that recognizes products that deliver cutting-edge energy efficiency along with the latest in technological innovation.
Ensuring program integrity
In 2016, EPA oversaw robust third-party certification of ENERGY STAR products, administered by 23 independent certification bodies and more than 600 labs. EPA also requires that a sample of products be tested directly off retailers’ shelves. Last year, more than 1,800 products were tested; 95 percent passed, affirming consumer confidence in the label. In fact, 80 percent of purchasers would recommend ENERGY STAR products to a friend.1 Learn more (add link to program integrity page)
Spotlight on: ENERGY STAR Certified LEDs
In 2015, the emerging LED bulb industry was struggling to gain consumer confidence due to tradeoffs between performance and cost. EPA collaborated with manufacturers, energy efficiency program implementers, and others to understand the key cost drivers in LED bulbs and the impacts on customer experience. The result? New ENERGY STAR criteria for LED bulbs that recognize high-quality performance at lower prices for consumers.
Spotlight on: Commercial Refrigerators
Before the first ENERGY STAR certified commercial refrigerators came out in 2001, purchasers made buying decisions based mainly on safety, serviceability, and price. Over the past 15 years, ENERGY STAR has facilitated the adoption of more energy-efficient design features and technologies, and purchasers have grown to expect and place value on energy efficiency. It started with improved insulation to maintain cold temperatures, progressed to the adoption of high-efficiency fan motors and compressors, and most recently the replacement of incandescent lighting with LED lighting. Together with manufacturers, ENERGY STAR is transforming this market, consistently growing market share and enabling substantial decreases in energy consumption and cost. In 2016, an ENERGY STAR certified commercial refrigerator uses 80 percent less energy than the market average in 2001.
- National Awareness of ENERGY STAR® for 2016: Analysis of 2016 CEE Household Survey, EPA Office of Air and Radiation, Climate Protection Partnerships Division, 2017, http://energystar.gov/awareness.
* 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.