National Energy Star Day is Oct. 27

National Energy Star Day is Oct. 27

National Energy Star Day is Oct. 27

It seems just about everything under the sun has its own “national day.” I won’t bore you with the more unconventional or outlandish ones that you might consider unworthy of such a lofty designation. But there is one that I recently learned about: National Energy Star Day. This year it’s on Saturday, Oct. 27. Who knew?

I’ve always been a fan of saving money and when the Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 came along with Energy Star, a voluntary governmental program that purchasers should consider supporting, I was all in.

Now managed by the Department of Energy (DOE), they say Energy Star provides “simple, credible and unbiased information that consumers and businesses rely on to make well-informed decisions.” I’ve found this to be true. The most visible Energy Star presence to the purchasing public is those now common (and required) yellow and black tags affixed to new appliances and other products. I use them as my guide when I’m perusing products in a store or when online.

I bought my first new refrigerator in the mid-1990s. With I got to the store, I looked for the Energy Star tag and found it in the freezer compartment. Why is the tag a big deal? In the case of the fridge, the tag lists how many kilowatt-hours a year it would consume compared to other models. In other words, do you want to take home an energy hog or an energy miser?

It’s a no-brainer for me. After that, I used the Energy Star guide to buy washing machines, window-unit air conditioners at a second home, LED flat-screen TVs, LED light bulbs, and a heat pump, a really big-ticket item.

A relatively new Energy Star device is the set-top box for cable TV and satellite dishes. Until recently, most were definitely energy hogs and the tops got quite warm. Even if some skeptics say you’ll pay more for an Energy Star product, over the life of the laptop, appliance or big-screen TV, Energy Star stuff will save you money in electricity costs over long run.

How successful has Energy Star been in its 26-year history? DOE says that Energy Star and its partners “have helped save American families and businesses more than $450 billion and over 3.5 trillion (yes, trillion) kWh of electricity, while also achieving broad emissions reductions, all through voluntary action.”

That’s pretty darn impressive. So, when folks say there aren’t any successful government programs, tell them about Energy Star, and the informative “purchasing decision tree” that little yellow and black Energy Star label provides consumers.

So, happy Energy Star Day! To learn more go to Energy Star’s website.

Author Willard Strong

Willard Strong

Willard joined Corporate Communications in 1989 after a four-year stint as a features reporter at The Post and Courier. A 1981 graduate of USC’s College of Journalism and Mass Communications, the Kingstree native has served as news director at three radio stations, was editor of the weekly newspaper in Moncks Corner and is chairman of the Berkeley County Museum and Heritage Center Board of Directors. A boating enthusiast, he enjoys Gamecock football, lake life on Lake Marion’s Wyboo Creek and keeping his five guitars in tune.