Energy efficient choices can save families about a third on their energy bill with similar savings of greenhouse gas emissions, without sacrificing features, style or comfort. ENERGY STAR helps you make the energy efficient choice.
The average house is responsible for twice the greenhouse gas emissions as the average car, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). You can help protect the environment and save money by following 5 simple steps recommended by EPA's ENERGY STAR Program.
Change 5 lights
Change a light, and you help change the world. Replace your 5 most frequently used light fixtures, or the bulbs in them, with ones that have earned the ENERGY STAR and you'll help the environment while saving money on energy bills. If every household did it, together we'd prevent more than 1 trillion pounds of air pollution.
Look for ENERGY STAR labeled products
When buying new products for your home, get the features and performance you want AND help reduce air pollution. Look for ENERGY STAR-qualified products in more than 40 product categories, including lighting, home electronics, heating and cooling equipment, and appliances.
Heat and cool smartly
Simple steps like having your heating and cooling equipment tuned up yearly by a licensed contractor, and cleaning air filters regularly, can go a long way toward saving energy and increasing comfort at home. When it's time to replace your old equipment, choose a high efficiency model, and make sure it's sized and installed properly.
Seal up your home with better insulation and duct-work
Close up those unseen cracks and gaps in your house, install adequate insulation, and choose ENERGY STAR qualified windows when replacing old windows. That way you'll eliminate drafts, keep your home more comfortable all year round, and save a lot of energy that would otherwise be wasted.
Tell family and friends how they can help
We are asking you to help spread the word that energy efficiency is good for your home and good for our environment. So tell 5 people and together we can help our homes help us all.