Energy Savings Tips: Look for the ‘Star’ Over the Holidays

Energy Star LogoIf you are buying gifts this holiday season, look for the ENERGY STAR® label so that perfect gadget is also energy efficient, cheaper to operate and helps protect the environment. Thousands of different products have earned the ENERGY STAR label, from appliances to cordless phones.

Products that have earned the ENERGY STAR label meet strict standards for performance and reliability. According to the Consumer Electronics Association, the average household owns 24 consumer electronic devices, and these devices are responsible for 15 percent of total household electricity use; this represents a great opportunity to reduce energy consumption by purchasing products with the ENERGY STAR label.

Relative to conventional models:

  • ENERGY STAR certified Blu-Ray players use 45 percent less energy.

  • ENERGY STAR qualified computers will use between 30 and 60 percent less energy, depending on how they are used.

  • ENERGY STAR certified televisions are, on average, more than 25 percent more energy efficient.

  • ENERGY STAR qualified decorative light strings, many of them based on LED technology, use at least 65 percent less electricity.

  • ENERGY STAR certified battery chargers use 30 percent less energy, on average.

By choosing to purchase ENERGY STAR versions of consumer electronic devices this holiday season, we are helping to reduce energy consumption and fight climate change. Look for the ENERGY STAR label, and give the gift that will keep on giving.

For more information on BGE’s rebates for certain consumer products, please go to For more information about ENERGY STAR labeled products, please go

-Article by Jeremy Scharfenberg, CA’s Energy Manager


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