Solar Flares from the “Energy Star”
The Energy Star is instantly recognizable to those with computer savvy. However the Star logo doesn’t just apply to PC monitors, hardware, and laptops, it is incorporated into household lighting technology as well. The ENERGY STAR program was created in 1992 by the United States Environmental Protection Agency in an attempt to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emission by power plants.
The program was developed by John S Hoffman, inventor of the Green Programs at US EPA, and implemented by Cathy Zoi and Brian Johnson. The program was intended to be part of a series of voluntary programs, such as Green Lights and the Methane Programs, that would demonstrate the potential for profit in reducing greenhouse gases and facilitate further steps to reducing global warming gases It began as a voluntary labeling program designed to identify and promote energy efficient products, and computer products were the first to be labeled. It has since expanded to major appliances, office equipment, lighting, home electronics, and more.
The label can also be found on some new homes and commercial and industrial buildings. A prime example of the fusion of modern home decorative style and Energy Star technology is the Hydrus Sconce, available exclusively at Green Culture.com. The EPA estimates that it saved about $12 billion in energy costs in 2005 alone. ENERGY STAR has been a driving force behind the more widespread use of LED traffic lights, efficient fluorescent lighting, power management systems for office equipment, and low standby energy use. Join the eco-lighting revolution, and blaze a trail down to Green Culture today!