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FutureStarrA Future of Energy Star
This is one of the first blog posts we would like to publish on this blog. After all, we are wondering what the future holds for this website and the impact it will have on cybersecurity in the future. We are curious to see what people have to say about this, and what they think the future of the site is.
The vast majority of Americans recognize the ENERGY STAR label placed on products to signifying they meet the ENERGY STAR product specifications for energy efficiency. The program is dependent on a private and government partnership.To carry the ENERGY STAR label, a product must be tested and certified by an EPA-approved laboratory. DOE is responsible for the development of the ENERGY STAR product test procedures which are periodically revised.
ENERGY STAR certification has also been extended to new commercial and industrial buildings, as well as existing buildings. The ENERGY STAR program has a rating system, the ENERGY STAR Energy Performance Scale, to compare buildings in the same category. This ENERGY STAR Energy Performance Scale has been critical to energy benchmarking programs that examine a building’s energy use over a given period of time. Benchmarking programs allow a building owner to compare their building’s energy use data to other buildings in the same category so the building owner can identify ways to increase energy efficiency and decrease energy costs. (Source: www.burnhamnationwide.com)
A growing number of municipalities are requiring energy benchmarking, and California has the first state-wide energy benchmarking program. These programs depend on the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, EPA’s online tool to measure and monitor a building’s energy and water use. If the ENERGY STAR tools used in energy benchmarking are eliminated, it will have a profound effect on local programs supporting energy efficiency.
Energy efficiency is about using less energy to achieve the same or better energy services. We want the services of warmth, light, mobility, and productivity. It doesn’t make sense to pay the economic and environmental costs of energy waste. Efforts to reduce this waste can include energy upgrades in both residential and commercial buildings. It can also include more efficient transportation, such as electric vehicles, as well as more efficient industrial production or larger demand-side solutions, like shifting the timing of energy use, so it matches renewable energy availability. (Source: www.iisd.org)