Have you ever noticed the blue Energy Star logo on your computer, appliances, or other electronic products and wondered exactly what it represents? Energy Star was created by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy under the leadership of John Hoffman, a worldwide recognized innovator in energy efficiency and researcher or climate change, in 1992.
Any consumer product marked with an Energy Star uses 20-30% less electricity than the government mandated standard. The program steadily gained international recognition as Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, and the European Union chose to adopt Energy Star standards as well.
Hoffman noticed that the many computers in his office consumed a lot of energy when they weren’t being used and began researching a way to put them into sleep or powersave mode. This simple observation was the beginning of the Energy Star labeling: at first it solely applied to computers and servers, but soon grew to include household appliances, home electronics, heating and cooling systems, lighting, even entire homes and buildings.
The Energy Star service mark’s effects have been impactful: in 2011, Energy Star is said to have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 210 million metric tons or the equivalent of 41 million cars’ worth of pollution, saving over $23 billion in energy costs.
Austin is one of eight cities in the U.S. that requires commercial building owners to report an energy benchmark rating to the city government once a year: the ECAD initiative holds businesses accountable in terms of energy efficiency, sustainability, economic growth, and safety regulations.
Our team at A-Plus Energy Management, Air Conditioning, and Home Solutions has performed countless energy benchmark audits in and around Austin—Call us pros, we don’t mind! Need an ECAD audit? Call us at (512) 450-1980.