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More Than Just a Label: ENERGY STAR and The Home Depot
Chances are you’ve noticed the bright blue ENERGY STAR® label in Home Depot aisles on everything from appliances to roofing products and light bulbs. This year, the company celebrates its 9th year of EPA recognition for its energy and water efficient product offerings, but what does ENERGY STAR really mean for The Home Depot?
The Evolution of ENERGY STAR
In 1992, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) introduced the ENERGY STAR program, a voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency.
“We began our partnership with ENERGY STAR in 2001. Since then, we’ve grown to offer our customers ENERGY STAR certified products in every home improvement category,” said Ron Jarvis, vice president of environmental for The Home Depot. “The products are driving savings and creating value for our customers; it’s a win-win for economics and the environment.”
Earning the ENERGY STAR label
To earn the label, ENERGY STAR products must be third-party certified based on testing in EPA-recognized laboratories. In addition to up-front testing, a percentage of all ENERGY STAR products are subject to "off–the–shelf" verification testing each year to ensure changes or variations in manufacturing don’t undermine a product's qualification with ENERGY STAR requirements.
ENERGY STAR in the Aisles
Today, The Home Depot’s partnership with ENERGY STAR is all about driving awareness around energy efficiency to our associates and our customers. With more than 17,000 ENERGY STAR products in stores and online, the company has everything from training to help associates educate shoppers on energy efficient products to rebates to drive awareness and adoption of energy efficient options.
The company’s recognition as an ENERGY STAR 2016 Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence comes off of a trifecta of recognition for energy, water and transportation efficiency in 2015:
Partner of the Year Award – for its contribution to reducing greenhouse gases emissions through the promotion of energy-efficient product.
Smart Way Excellence Award - for effectively hauling all freight with environmentally and energy-efficient SmartWay carriers.
WaterSense Sustained Excellence Award – for the third consecutive year for its commitment build customer awareness about WaterSense-approved products.