History and Basics of the EnergyStar Program


The EnergyStar program helped American families and businesses in 2012 alone save $24 billion on utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to those from 41 million vehicles. Americans have purchased approximately 300 million Energy Star certified products in 2012. A cumulative total of more than 4.5 billion products since 1993 across more than 65 percent product categories.

Energy Star for commercial and industrial facilities developed in 1992 and was administered by the U.S. Environments Protection Agency. As of 2012, Energy Star has more than 5,800 partner organizations that make up 35 percent of FORTUNE 500 companies with more than 20,000 certified buildings and plants. Energy Star’s commercial building success is widely covered. With more than 300,000 commercials buildings actively measuring and tracking their energy use it is easy to acknowledge that more than 40 percent of the market are commercial buildings. More than 20,000 Commercials buildings that have certified Energy Star. That’s cumulative to a cost savings of $2.7 billion.

While Energy star has a large market for commercial facilities there are more than 120 industrial plants that have been Energy Star certified. A whopping cumulative cost savings of more than $200 million. Also, cumulative greenhouse gas emissions prevented nearly 25 million MtCO2e, that’s equal to the electric use of more than 3.7 million homes annually. Furthermore, the commercial building design projects that are designed to earn the Energy Star are projected to have cost savings of more than $55 million. The projected greenhouse gas emissions savings of commercial building design projects are nearly 500,000 MtCO2e.

Energy use in commercial and industrial facilities have a combined number of commercial buildings and industrial facilities in the United States of over 5 million. The number of U.S. commercial buildings are 4.8 million while the number of U.S. industrial facilities are 350,000. Energy use in commercial and industrial facilities have a combined annual energy cost for U.S. commercials buildings and industrial facilities of $202.3 billion. According the EneryStar program the portion of energy in buildings used inefficiently or unnecessarily is 30 percent. The 45 percent of combine percentage of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions generated by commercial buildings and industrial facilities is split into 17 percent for commercial buildings and 28 percent for industrial facilities. If the energy efficiency of commercial and industrial building improved by only 10 percent, the collected savings would be $20 billion and equal to the emissions from about 30 million vehicles or the number of registered automobiles in Illinois, New York, Ohio, and Texas combined.

70 percent of the amount of greenhouse gas emissions have increased between 1970 and 2004. Research proves that Energy Star is making an impact. Only 5 percent of the U.S. population is relative to the world. In that 5 percent the U.S. contribution of global greenhouse gas emissions is about 20 percent. Energy Star certified buildings have higher occupancy rates, rental rates, and selling prices. Plus, they’re in demand. Not to mention the fact that Energy Star has helped shift the energy use curve in three industries.

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