ENERGY STAR® is a voluntary labeling and recognition program that seeks to accelerate the adoption of clean and efficient domestic energy technologies.
The ENERGY STAR label helps businesses and consumers easily identify highly efficient products, homes, and buildings that save energy and money, while protecting the environment. In addition to lowering energy bills and reducing the pollution from power generation, ENERGY STAR helps meet America's energy needs and strengthen the U.S. economy.
Rebates are available for the purchase of new ENERGY STAR qualified appliances through many states or territories. Details can be found on the Energy Savers ENERGY STAR Web page.
Home Performance with ENERGY STAR
DOE conducts research, development, and deployment to improve the energy efficiency of existing homes using a whole-building approach, which results in the most cost-effective retrofit measures. The Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program combines DOE's residential research with ENERGY STAR's outreach capabilities to promote energy-efficient home retrofits.
The program is managed by a local sponsor, such as a utility, state agency, or local government, that recruits home improvement contractors who are qualified to perform comprehensive home assessments. The assessment is based on a whole-house approach and includes the heating and cooling systems, windows, insulation, flow of air into and out of the house, as well as a safety check of gas appliances. Based on this assessment, participating contractors offer solutions to fix comfort problems and address high energy bills.