ENERGY STAR is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Energy that provides simple-to-spot labels which signal energy-saving homes, appliances and products. Established in 1992, ENERGY STAR helps homeowners both help the environment and save money with ENERGY STAR certified products and programs for the entire home that meet strict energy efficiency guidelines as determined by the EPA and DOE.
- Appliances: Battery chargers, clothes washers, dehumidifiers, dishwashers, refrigerators and freezers, room air conditioners, room air cleaners, and water coolers.
- Heating and cooling: air-source heat pumps, boilers, central air conditioners, ceiling fans, dehumidifiers, furnaces, geothermal heat pumps, home sealing (insulation), light commercial, programmable thermostats, room air conditioners, and ventilating fans.
- Home envelope: Home sealing (insulation and air sealing), roof products, windows, doors and skylights.
- Home electronics: Battery charging systems, cordless phones, combination units, digital-to-analog converter boxes (DTAs), DVD products, external power adapters, home audio, televisions and VCRs.
- Office equipment: Computers, copiers and fax machines, digital duplicators, mailing machines, external power adapters, monitors, notebook computers/tablet PCs, printers, scanners and all-in-ones.
- Lighting: Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), residential light fixtures, ceiling fans, exit signs, and decorative light strings (DLS).