We have all seen products that boast of being Energy Star Qualified but few of us know what that actually means or the benefits that we can receive from buying products with this qualification. Energy Star is a big deal in the sense that it has become the international standard for determining the energy efficiency for products that are made within the United States. The US Government started this intuitive program nearly 20 years ago to help us be more conservative with our natural resources and today it has expanded to be used around the world.
Energy Star most commonly certifies computers, servers, appliances, heating and cooling systems, home electronics, imaging equipment, lighting and buildings. Energy Star ratings will vary product to product. Computers that get a rating of 4.0 or 5.0 are not energy star qualified, appliances however are held to a higher standard throughout production, and buildings are rated on a scale of 1 to 100 for construction crews and efficiency managers.
The overall effect of the Energy Star program is to reduce the energy crisis that the world is currently facing. Energy is not an unlimited resource and we often times experience a bottleneck and steep price increases when the supply of energy to an economy is limited. We are seeing more and more unavoidable blackouts throughout the world and by making products that use less energy we can power more things with less effort. Historically, energy issues have had severe impacts on economies even resulting in deaths. Therefore, it is essential that we conserve energy and ensure we have enough to go around. This is why the Energy Star program is so important. It strives to provide us with an initiative to conserve energy. Those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it and by knowing the adverse effects of an energy crisis, the Energy Star program is leading the way to a greener society.
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