In the 1970s, I remember writing about new labels that were being proposed which would tell consumers how much energy an appliance would use in a year and what the cost would be. It was a revolutionary step for consumer information.
Now, energy labeling efforts have expanded to include many more items, even buildings.
Today, Oct. 27, is Energy Star Day. It’s a way for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and its partners, as well as individuals across the country, to celebrate what has been accomplished through the Change the World, Start with Energy Star campaign.
The campaign is a way individuals can join together with others in their organizations or communities to save energy. Part of the effort is taking a pledge to take energy saving actions in your home that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help protect the world’s climate for years to come.
On Energy Star Day, people are encouraged to host an energy–saving educational event, take part in the Pledge Driving Challenge, or participate in any activity that spreads the word about energy efficiency.
In 1992, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency introduced Energy Star as a voluntary labeling program designed to identify and promote energy-efficient products to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Computers and monitors were the first labeled products under Energy Star. Through 1995, the EPA expanded the label to additional office equipment products and residential heating and cooling equipment.
In 1996, the EPA joined with the U.S. Department of Energy for the labeling of more product categories. The Energy Star label is now on major appliances, office equipment, lighting, home electronics, new homes, and commercial and industrial buildings and plants.