With ENERGY STAR, you can feel confident knowing that you're protecting your bank account and Mother Earth. Learn why energy efficiency isn't just a good idea these days but an essential money- and resource-saving way of life for both companies and individuals.
With EPA’s ENERGY STAR program, fighting climate change is something everyone can do. By Choosing ENERGY STAR, people across America can cut energy waste, save money on energy bills, and help fight climate change.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched the ENERGY STAR program in 1992 as a cutting-edge public-private partnership. Since its inception, the goal of the ENERGY STAR program has been to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by making it easy for consumers and businesses to save energy. The program has become the go-to source for credible information for homeowners, businesses and consumers for energy efficiency. Products that have earned the ENERGY STAR designation prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the government.
Computers and monitors were the first labeled products, but ENERGY STAR labels can now be found on more than 65 varieties of business and consumer electronics and appliances. The program has expanded over the years to cover commercial audio and video equipment, computer servers, light bulbs, commercial food service products, among others. The list keeps growing. The ENERGY STAR label can also be found on new homes and commercial and industrial buildings.
ENERGY STAR products are more energy efficient than standard products and provide the same or enhanced features and performance. More than 1,000 models of Samsung TVs, monitors, notebook PCs and printers/multifunction devices carry the ENERGY STAR logo. ENERGY STAR selected Samsung from nearly 20,000 organizations in the U.S. to receive the honor of 2013 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for demonstrating how all Americans can save energy and money while creating a healthier environment. A proud ENERGY STAR partner since 1996, this year marked the fifth consecutive year Samsung has been honored for providing its customers with energy-efficient products that have reduced consumption and helped consumers save on their energy costs.
The numbers don’t lie: In 2012, EPA estimates that ENERGY STAR products prevent more than 150 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually. More than 200 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity is saved per year, which represents 15 percent of U.S. residential electricity use. These savings have offset the need for more than 185 additional power plants.
Televisions that meet today's ENERGY STAR requirements are, on average, 40 percent more energy efficient than conventional models, saving American viewers and gamers a total of $3.5 billion per year on their energy bills and preventing greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 4.5 million vehicles.
By partnering with ENERGY STAR, consumers and businesses also reduced their utility bills by $24 billion, due to investments in energy-efficient technologies and practices that will continue to provide bill savings for years to come. In 2012 alone, Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, prevented 242 million metric tons of GHG emissions2 — providing over $5.8 billion in benefits to society due to reducing damages from climate change.
Climate change is a real and urgent global challenge, but we all have the power to help fight climate change through the choices we make every day. ENERGY STAR makes those choices easier by pointing the way to greater energy efficiency. Simple, everyday actions from changing a light to enabling computers to power down while not in use, to choosing products that have earned the ENERGY STAR can help change the world.
Join Samsung and millions of Americans in saving energy and protecting the climate by taking the ENERGY STAR Pledge. If every American household took part in the Pledge, we would save more than 110 billion kilowatt hours of electricity, more than $18 billion in annual energy costs, and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of more than 18 million cars.
Together, we can all make a difference.