Energy Star Law and Legal Definition

ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that helps people and businesses in the U.S. save money and protect the environment by using energy efficient products and practices. Energy star gives the technical information and tools that organizations and consumers need to choose energy-efficient solutions and best management practices.

This program was introduced in 1992 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 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. By 1995, EPA expanded the label and included office equipment products and residential heating and cooling equipment under it. In 1996, EPA partnered with the US Department of Energy for particular product categories. The Energy star label is now on major appliances, office equipment, lighting, home electronics, and more. EPA has also extended the label to cover new homes and commercial and industrial buildings.