Monday What's on the Web: Energy Star

Every Monday I highlight other bloggers or web contributors who are making important or interesting contributions to climate, sustainability, transportation or market transformation. Check back each week for another installment.
Well here's an oldie but goodie: the Energy Star website.  Proud disclosure: I worked on EPA's Energy Star programs from 1994 to 2000 (click my Bio link to the right for more about me).

The EPA Energy Star is undoubtedly the most successful non-regulatory environmental program in the agency's history, and brand recognition of the Energy Star label is above 70%.

Well, that's a nice encomium, but how about the web resources?  One nice thing about Energy Star is that all the information is free and unbiased.  There are resources for everyone from renters of studio apartments to owners of vast portfolios of buildings.  The Energy Star Portfolio Manager benchmarking tool has become an industry standard and is now a required part of achieving certain LEED certifications.  Energy Star provides an enormous number of tools and resources that provide real value for saving energy and money.

The site is relatively simple--perhaps even boring in the new world of flash videos, pop-up screens and other features.  But the information is top notch.

If you have never visited the Energy Star website before, do it now.  There is surely something there that you will find useful, will help you save energy, reduce your carbon footprint and probably save you money, too.

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