Energy Star

Energy Star Logo The Energy Star logo.

Developed through the combined efforts of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy, the Energy Star program was intended to help reduce the waste of energy consumption and emissions of greenhouse gases. It began in 1992 as a voluntary program where participating appliance companies could measure and promote their energy-efficient products. Since 1995, they’ve expanded their program to include more popular types of electrical equipment, such as lighting and home electronics.

Energy Guide Label The yellow EnergyGuide label from a Whirlpool GC5NHAVS refrigerator.

By establishing healthy communication with both manufacturers and consumers, Energy Star has saved businesses and home owners millions of dollars per year from wasted energy costs. Due to their endeavors, innovative breakthroughs have grown more abundant in creating more energy-efficient technology and practices.

Each Energy Star rated appliance is evaluated by its own unique specifications, established by the EPA or DOE. In the case of refrigerators, each refrigerator is required to meet 20% over the minimum standard. Once the appliance has been evaluated, it’s given a yellow EnergyGuide label, which lists its performance and annual cost of operation compared to other models.

Next time you’re in an appliance store, you may notice the Energy Star logo on most of the products. You’d find it interesting to compare stats and see just how much a refrigerator costs to use per year after you’ve already bought it!