ENERGY STAR

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Changing the world starts with simple actions, like changing a light. When you replace a light in your home with one that has earned the ENERGY STAR, you contribute to a cleaner environment while saving yourself energy, money, and time buying and changing lights in your home.

What is ENERGY STAR?

ENERGY STAR gives you energy-efficient choices on light fixtures, lamps, and bulbs that prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Department of Energy (DOE.) Without sacrificing performance, ENERGY STAR labeled products help consumers save energy and money, as well as help protect the environment by reducing air pollution and global warming associated with energy production.

ENERGY STAR Labeled Lighting

ENERGY STAR labeled light bulbs, fixtures, and ceiling fans meet strict energy-efficiency criteria without sacrificing performance. They are designed to fit the style of your home or office. The ENERGY STAR label is awarded to both hard-wired and portable fixtures, including table lamps, torchieres, suspended fixtures, ceiling and close-to-ceiling fixtures, sconces, outdoor fixtures, and cabinet, recessed, security, cove, and architectural lighting. ENERGY STAR labeled fixtures generally use compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs).

CFLs produce the same bright light as incandescent bulbs, but use up to 75 percent less energy. And CFLs last up to 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs.

Ceiling fans with ENERGY STAR labels operate 40 percent more efficiently than conventional fans, resulting in 180 kWh or about $15 per year in electric savings.

Fun Facts

  • ENERGY STAR qualified lighting provides more light while using 2/3 less energy than standard incandescent lighting.
  • The average home is responsible for more air pollution than the average car.
  • The average household spends $1,300 each year on their energy bills. By choosing ENERGY STAR qualified products, you can cut this by 30%, saving about $400 each year.
  • For every product that you buy that runs on electricity, there are two price tags: the price you pay at the time of purchase and the price you pay on your energy bills to operate the product over time. An ENERGY STAR qualified product may cost you more upfront, but in the long run, it is a great investment for you and the environment.
  • In 2003, ENERGY STAR helped Americans save enough energy to power 20 million homes and reduce greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 18 million cars.
  • If every American replaced the five fixtures they use most at home (or the lightbulbs in them) to ENERGY STAR qualified lighting, they'd save themselves more than $60 every year in energy costs.
  • If every American household did this, together we'd keep more than one trillion pounds of greenhouse gases out of our air. That's a $6 billion energy savings for Americans and an energy savings equivalent to the annual output of more than 21 power plants.

ENERGY STAR Manufacturer Links

Dominion carries several manufacturers that provide ENERGY STAR products including:

Make a difference! Change a Light and Change the World with ENERGY STAR qualified lighting products. For more information on ENERGY STAR, please visit www.energystar.gov.

For Builders: Click here for the revised ENERGY STAR Advanced Lighting Package criteria.

Sources:
1. www.energystar.gov
2. "Lighting", the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and US Department of Energy (DOE), EPA 430F-01-028, October 2001
3. 2003 ENERGY STAR® Change a Light, Change the World Campaign MARKETING LANGUAGE