The Energy Star Program

The Energy Star program is a program designed to encourage consumers to buy products that use less energy. Run by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. It is a very successful program and has led to considerable savings. According to the governments own website...
“Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved enough energy in 2007 alone to avoid greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 27 million cars — all while saving $16 billion on their utility bills.”

Regrettably, since the program funded by tax dollars it has been limited in scope to the products it covers would be something that the majority of tax payers could see a benefit in.

Since not every tax payer in America owns a spa or swimming pool, the program administrators have decided not to cover these appliances. They do cover Computers, fax machines, copy machines, mailing machines, printers, scanners, decorative light strings, Ceiling fans, Commercial Ice machines, commercial dishwashers, commercial fryers, vending machines, commercial roof products and exit signs. Apparently every tax payer has all these products in their homes.

I Guess it would be common sense if Every product or innovation that reduced the energy required could be considered however such is not the case. Understandably a government program does not need to pass the common sense test. The program is focused broadly on the general energy consumption of household products. The fact that it includes so many commercial products is just a typo. Some products used in the home, for example computers are included, others in particular pools and spas are not.

Unfortunate considering a recent study paid for by One of the country’s largest Power Companies found that the power consumed by just the pools and spa in California alone, requires the entire annual output of one Nuclear Power Plant.

So although the program can brag great progress to this point, wouldn’t it be great to include something that could save say the total annual output of Four nuclear power plants (if you include the pools and spas across the country). How many billions of dollars saved per year would that add?
California thought it was significant enough to enact legislation to restrict the power consumption of new spas sold in their state.
Think about it.

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