ENERGY STAR is a national, voluntary program sponsored and developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). ENERGY STAR helps businesses, governments, schools and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency.
ENERGY STAR provides support to help homeowners, businesses and communities save energy. Below are just a few of the many tools and services available that can help you on your way to a more energy efficient home or business. Save energy - save money!
ENERGY STAR-qualified LED lighting is a natural fit for cutting-edge renovation, new construction projects or do-it-yourself upgrades. ENERGY STAR-qualified residential LED lighting uses at least 75 percent less energy, lasts 25 times longer than incandescent lighting and provides optimal light color.
ENERGY STAR-qualified homes are at least 15 percent more energy efficient than homes built to the 2004 International Residential Code (IRC) and include additional energy-saving features that typically make them 20-30 percent more efficient than standard homes and independently verified. These savings are based on heating, cooling, and hot water energy use and are typically achieved through a combination of:
- building envelope upgrades;
- high-performance windows;
- controlled air infiltration;
- upgraded heating and air conditioning systems;
- tight duct systems; and
- upgraded water-heating equipment.
These features improve home quality and homeowner comfort, lower energy demand, and reduce air pollution.
Homes - Does an energy-efficient home cost more? No. An ENERGY STAR-qualified new home actually costs less because you will spend less on your new home's utility bill each month. These energy savings can more than offset any increase in mortgage payments needed for the improved energy features and can result in a positive monthly cash flow.
Buildings - Improving the energy efficiency of the places where we work, play and learn helps us save energy, save money and fight global warming. Approximately one-third of all energy use in Kentucky is related to buildings. These places provide a tremendous opportunity to reduce our energy and environmental impact. Look for facilities that have earned the ENERGY STAR – the national mark of excellence in energy performance.
Tools to help you assess and address your building’s energy needs:
- ENERGY STAR Buildings and Plants home page
- Portfolio Manager – Track energy usage and costs, identify best opportunities for saving energy and generate reports with this online database.
- Target Finder – Set energy targets and rate a building design’s estimated energy usage.
- Challenge – Take the challenge to improve energy efficiency in commercial and industrial buildings by 10 percent or more.
- Purchasing and Procurement – These resources are designed to assist procurement officials in smart purchasing decisions.
- Tools and Resources Library – ENERGY STAR connects you with a broad range of tools and resources to help you implement a successful energy management strategy.
Products in more than 50 categories are eligible for the ENERGY STAR. They use less energy, save money and help protect the environment.
Are you in the market for a new appliance or electronic device? Ask for the ENERGY STAR.