Taking the shine out of Energy Star

Unfortunately, the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee has proposed slashing the Energy Star budget by over $10 million, or about 30 % for the rest of this year. That puts the program, and the benefits it delivers, at severe risk.

Since its launch in 1992, Energy Star has earned great consumer recognition and credibility, and many folks look for the logo when it comes time to buy that washing machine, refrigerator, window, or dozens of other products. Importantly, many utilities also recognize the value of Energy Star, and give rebates to customers who buy these more efficient products.

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