Energy Stars

Energy Stars are good for our environment. Energy Stars are commercial buildings and industrial plants in the top 25 percent of energy-efficient facilities in the U.S., reports The Columbian. Energy Star products and buildings prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the government.

Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Real dollars are saved by Energy Stars, which supports the people who suggest that a new economy based on better energy usage is the way to go. Through the Energy Star program, Americans saved enough energy in 2010 to avoid greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 33 million cars — all while saving nearly $18 billion on their utility bills.

School 7At the community level, it looks like this. In Washington state, the Evergreen Public Schools district’s 2011 award is based in part on reported energy savings of $1.6 million in 2010. From the start of its conservation focus in late 2008 through January 2011, estimated savings have reached $3.35 million, according to The Columbian. Dollars can be saved at home as well. The program states that energy efficient choices can save families about a third on their energy bill with similar savings of greenhouse gas emissions, without sacrificing features, style or comfort. So if you’re shopping for new household products, look for ones that have earned the Energy Star. If looking to make larger improvements to your home, EPA offers tools and resources that help you plan and manage projects while reducing your energy bills.

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