Energy Star stands out as a trusted name to a large portion of the American population in rating the energy performance and cost on products such as windows, doors, appliances and more. But according to multiple sources, including DWM Magazine, a White House proposal has been submitted that could negatively impact Energy Star. The proposal plans to significantly cut the department’s budget from approximately 57 million to 5 million yearly. Such a large budget cut could lead to the closing of the program or the possibility the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would transfer the program to a private, non-governmental company or cooperation. Discussion of the proposed budget cut to the EPA and other agencies is still in the early stages, but it’s important to consider what the impacts of such changes would be on the program.
About Energy Star
As a voluntary program, this program has been part of the EPA since 1992. It was designed to promote the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions through an in-depth labeling system that required meeting required criteria to receive the program’s certification.
Along with supporting a healthier environment through a higher level of energy efficiency, the program allows consumers, both individual and businesses, to save money by choosing energy efficient products.
According to information on the program’s website, in 2012, businesses, organizations and consumers saved $24 billion.
The question being asked by consumers, businesses, and environmental advocates is, “What happens if the program goes away?” The following is a list of viable concerns:
- As a government program, Energy Star has its own label as an impartial rating system that can’t be influenced to provide high ratings by private companies.
- The program’s certification label has earned a badge of credibility that companies rely on as a significant marketing tool when promoting their products. Without the certification, companies no longer need to be as competitive in providing energy efficient products.
- If the program ends, some of the negative effects could result in higher utility bills, more pollution, an increase in health concerns due to more pollution and instead of saving energy, there will be an increase in wasted energy.
- If the company is bought by a private entity, potential concerns include possibly lowering the standards for energy efficient products versus the high standards currently in place for certification.
- The overall agenda for a private company will include making a profit, which means outside influences, such as donations, could impact the rating a company receives for their product.
- The cost of products could rise if the energy program is privately owned, which could lead to fewer Americans investing in energy efficiency.
Investing in your home with energy-efficient windows that are certified by this program offers several attractive benefits to homeowners:
- New windows increase the value of your home—not only in visual curbside appeal, but also because they are energy-efficient.
- Energy-efficient windows are an excellent selling tool if your home is going on the market, especially for environmentally conscious buyers.
- You will save money on utility bills each month.
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