Use ENERGY STAR to Design & Implement Effective Energy Efficiency Programs. By leveraging ENERGY STAR's tools, strategies, and partner network, you can reduce program costs and implementation timelines while increasing program efficacy.
The following are highlights of program planning and evaluation resources. Additional details on particular program areas can be accessed by visiting the main resources page for energy efficiency program sponsors.
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Appliances, consumer electronics, and other plug loads in the home contribute an estimated 15-20 percent of residential energy use. Energy efficiency programs run by utilities and other organizations have traditionally offered consumer rebates to incentivize the purchase of more energy efficient ENERGY STAR-certified options. With the success of these programs, the per-unit energy savings opportunity has decreased, and utilities struggle to justify rebate amounts sufficient to motivate consumers and attract retailer interest.
The ENERGY STAR Retail Products Platform (ESRPP) offers an entirely new approach to bring energy-efficient products to consumers and is designed to capture remaining, hard-to-reach energy savings. A nationwide collaboration, the ESRPP allows participants to leverage each other’s resources and shared objectives, to avoid duplication of effort and redundancy across neighboring service territories, and to streamline operations. The focus is asking retailers to take a more comprehensive view of energy-efficient products and providing them with incentives from utilities and other energy efficiency program sponsors to change their inventories to sell increasing numbers of ENERGY STAR certified products. Taking a national grassroots approach, the ESRPP has created voluntary working groups dedicated to developing key program pillars, including: evaluation, measurement and verification, data management, product specifications, marketing, field services, and implementation, and outreach.
In the long term, the ESRPP is expected to offer a gateway for energy efficiency programs to capture energy savings in the growing “miscellaneous/plug load” product categories at a significantly lower cost than current programs incur.
More information is available at www.energystar.gov/ESRPP.
To get involved, please contact your account manager.
Updated: October 2016