In the interest of helping our readers reduce energy and water waste, Sustainable Utah will publish weekly conservation tips contributed by the Student Energy Ambassadors, a program supported by Rocky Mountain Power and Questar Gas.
By the Student Energy Ambassadors
If you are shopping for a new appliance or electronic, you may notice little stickers with stars on several models. Have you ever wondered what it means? The sticker is the indicator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR program. ENERGY STAR is voluntary program that helps individuals and businesses save money and protect the Earth through superior energy efficiency. In 2000, the program reduced emissions in the home, industry, and business sectors by 53.5 million metric tons, and by 2012, that number jumped to a whopping 254.7 million metric tons. To earn the label, appliances must be third-party certified in EPA-designated laboratories and meet rigorous standards. Items lacking the ENERGY STAR sticker are often cheaper to buy but much more expensive to maintain over the lifetime of the product.
Next time you buy an appliance or electronic, whether it’s a TV or a coffee maker, look for the ENERGY STAR sticker to get the most efficient model available on the market, which will save you money and save the planet from excess emissions in the long run.