ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Politics and Social Issues»
  • United States Politics

Energy Star Undergoing Changes

Updated on November 12, 2010

It's no secret that many American consumers are struggling to manage their monthly expenses including energy-related bills.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) started to the Energy Star program in 1992 to help consumers manage costs and protect the environment. Energy Star is a labeling program designed to promote products that are energy-efficient.

Energy Star products typically save homeowners about 30% on energy bills without sacrificing any features, comfort or style. The reduction of greenhouse gas emissions is similar to the savings experienced by households.

To strengthen Energy Star, the DOE and EPA have undertaken an expansion of testing of qualified products.

More than 25% of a typical household's energy-related costs are from appliances. The DOE is testing refrigerators, freezers (stand-alone), dishwashers, washers, water heaters and room air conditioners to ensure they are compliant and that the labels are factual. Both the DOE and the EPA are in the process of creating a testing system for all Energy Star products.

As a result of the changes, all products that seek the Energy Star label must be tested in government-approved labs. Continued compliance will be monitored via a program for ongoing verification.

“As our economy gets back on its feet, Energy Star is an easy way for consumers to save money and help fight climate change.”

Companies with products noncompliant with the energy standards face heavy fines and the revocation of the Energy Star label. Customers must be notified and the non-compliant units must be repaired or replaced. In recent months action has been taken against 35 manufacturers.

The DOE's reporting deadlines for manufacturers to provide documentation regarding the energy used by all their products will be aggressively enforced.

The government's strengthening efforts also apply to shower heads. A company's failure to meet water conservation standards leads to enforcement action by the government.

Windows, skylights and doors must be tested by the independent National Fenestration Rating Council in order to be labeled as Energy Star. The Council is nonprofit.

Accredited third-party laboratory testing is also required for all residential light fixtures, LED or solid state lights and compact fluorescent bulbs.

More than 40,000 products have the Energy Star Label and, thus far, testing has shown the program's compliance rate at about 98%. The EPA’s independent Inspector General conducted a “spot check” of the program in 2009. Fifty-nine percent of the 60 products met or exceeded the Energy Star requirements.

“Energy efficiency is more important than ever to American families,” said Gina McCarthy, an assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. “As our economy gets back on its feet, Energy Star is an easy way for consumers to save money and help fight climate change.”

Households that used Energy Star products helped avoid greenhouse gas emissions that would be the equivalent to that of 30 million cars in 2009. The nation's utility bills were nearly $17 billion in lower in 2009 due to Energy Star.

To read the requirements of Energy Star products or for more information, visit the Energy Star website.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)