What is ENERGY STAR®?
By definition, “ENERGY STAR is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency.”* The program was established in 1992 by the EPA in an effort to promote the reduction of air pollution, and in 2005 Congress enacted the Energy Policy Act that’s intent was to promote energy efficiency awareness and education. Since the program’s start, ENERGY STAR certified products has expanded its purpose from just educating and raising energy efficiency awareness to also making appliances and other items readily available to homeowners.
How does ENERGY STAR benefit you?
Installing ENERGY STAR certified appliances and other items helps you save money by reducing energy costs in your home. For example, replacing incandescent light bulbs in your home with CFL or LED light bulbs can help reduce your energy consumption and lower your energy costs by using up to 75% less energy than traditional light bulbs.** And this is just one example of how ENERGY STAR certified products can save you money!
By outfitting your home with ENERGY STAR certified appliances, you can not only help protect the environment and conserve energy, but you may also qualify for a number of residential energy efficiency tax credits! There are a few terms and conditions that apply to these tax credits, so be sure to check the Federal Tax Credits section of the ENERGY STAR website for more information. ENERGY STAR certified products that may help you qualify for tax credits include but are not limited to—
- Air Source Heat Pumps
- Central Air Conditioning
- Washing machines
For a comprehensive list of what ENERGY STAR certified products qualify for federal tax credits and to learn about the terms and conditions, visit the ENERGY STAR website.
ENERGY STAR and the ENERGY STAR mark are registered trademarks owned by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
*"About ENERGY STAR." ENERGY STAR. Accessed May 05, 2016. https://www.energystar.gov/about.
**"Federal Income Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency." Federal Tax Credits for Consumer Energy Efficiency. Accessed May 05, 2016. https://www.energystar.gov/about/federal_tax_credits.