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Energy Star 101

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Energy Star 101

  1. 1. Energy Star 101<br />What you always wanted to know about Energy Star...<br />
  2. 2. Introduction<br />2<br /><ul><li>Energy Star is an international standard for energy efficient consumer products.
  3. 3. It was first created as a United States government program by the Clinton Administration in 1992, but Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Taiwan and the European Union have also adopted the program.
  4. 4. Devices carrying the Energy Star logo, generally use 20%–30% less energy than required by federal standards.
  5. 5. Many European-targeted products are labeled using a different standard, TCO Certification, a combined energy usage and ergonomics rating from the Swedish Confederation of Professional Employees (TCO) instead of Energy Star.</li></li></ul><li>History<br />1991<br />EPA introduces the Green Lights Program<br />1992<br />EPA introduces the first ENERGY STAR qualified product line. Initiated as a voluntary labeling program designed to identify and promote energy efficient products, Energy Star began with labels for computer products.<br />1995<br />the program was significantly expanded, ENERGY STAR for buildings launched<br />2006<br />more than 40,000 Energy Star products are available in a wide range of items<br />2008<br />USEPA announced Green Power Partnership program<br />3<br />
  6. 6. 4<br />Specifications<br />
  7. 7. Computers<br />New Energy Star 5.0 specifications for computers became effective on July 1 2009. <br />They require the use of 80 PLUS Bronze level or higher power supplies.<br />5<br />
  8. 8. Servers<br /><ul><li>The EPA released Version 1.0 of the Computer Server specifications on May 15, 2009.
  9. 9. A second tier to the specification covering servers with more than four processor sockets, as well as blade servers and fault-tolerant machines is expected in late 2010.</li></ul>6<br />
  10. 10. Appliances<br /><ul><li>When buying an appliance, remember that it has two price tags: what you pay to take it home and what you pay for the energy and water it uses.
  11. 11. ENERGY STAR qualified appliances incorporate advanced technologies that use 10–50% less energy and water than standard models.
  12. 12. The money you save on your utility bills can more than make up for the cost of a more expensive but more efficient ENERGY STAR model.</li></ul>7<br />
  13. 13. Heating and Cooling Systems<br /><ul><li>Energy Star qualified Heat pumps, boilers, air conditioning systems, and furnaces are available.
  14. 14. In addition, cooling and heating bills can be significantly lowered with air sealing and duct sealing. Air sealing reduces the outdoor air that penetrates a building, and duct sealing prevents attic or basement air from entering ducts and lessening the heating/cooling system’s efficiency.
  15. 15. Energy Star qualified room air conditioners are at least 10% more energy efficient than the minimum U.S. federal government standards.</li></ul>8<br />
  16. 16. Home Electronics<br /><ul><li>Energy Star qualified televisions use 30% less energy than average.
  17. 17. In November 2008, television specifications will be improved to limit on-mode power use, in addition to standby power which is limited by the current specifications. A wider range of Energy Star qualified televisions will be available.
  18. 18. Other qualified home electronics include cordless phones, battery chargers, VCRs and external power adapters, most of which use 90% less energy.</li></ul>9<br />
  19. 19. Lightning<br /><ul><li>The Energy Star is awarded to only certain bulbs that meet strict efficiency, quality, and lifetime criteria.
  20. 20. Energy Star qualified fluorescent lighting uses 75% less energy and lasts up to ten times longer than normal incandescent lights.
  21. 21. Energy Star Qualified Light Emitting Diode (LED) Lighting</li></ul>10<br />
  22. 22. Home Office<br /><ul><li>New Energy Star specification for desktop computers went into effect 20 July 2007.
  23. 23. The requirements are more stringent than the previous specification and existing equipment designs can no longer use the logo unless re-qualified.
  24. 24. The power requirements are for 80% or greater AC power supply efficiency using the standards defined by 80 Plus Program.</li></ul>11<br />
  25. 25. New Homes<br /><ul><li>New homes that meet strict guidelines for energy efficiency can qualify for Energy Star certification.
  26. 26. An Energy Star qualified home uses at least 15% less energy than standard homes.
  27. 27. They usually include properly installed insulation, high performance windows, tight construction and ducts, energy efficient cooling and heating systems, and Energy Star qualified appliances, lighting, and water heaters.</li></ul>12<br />
  28. 28. 13<br />Energy Performance Ratings<br />
  29. 29. Buildings<br /><ul><li>Commercial and institutional buildings rating have been developed for the following common building types:
  30. 30. Bank/Financial Institutions,
  31. 31. Courthouses,
  32. 32. Hospitals
  33. 33. Hotels and Motels,
  34. 34. K-12 Schools,
  35. 35. Medical Offices,
  36. 36. Offices,
  37. 37. Residence Halls/Dormitories,
  38. 38. Retail Stores,
  39. 39. Supermarkets,
  40. 40. Warehouses (refrigerated and non-refrigerated)</li></ul>14<br />
  41. 41. Industrial Facilities<br />Energy performance ratings have been released for the following industrial facilities:<br />Automobile assembly plants, <br />Cement Plants, <br />Corn Refineries(Wet Corn Mills<br />15<br />
  42. 42. Other Facilities<br />Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plants<br />16<br />
  43. 43. 17<br />Electricity Shopping in Texas Made Easy<br />www.ShopTexasElectricity.com<br />

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