(Published in The Interaction Point, March 7, 2003

ENERGY STARŪ is a government-backed program helping businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency. The ENERGY STARŪ label (shown below) is now on major appliances, office equipment, lighting, home electronics and more.

Through its partnerships with more than 7,000 private and public sector organizations, the ENERGY STARŪ program delivers the technical information and tools that organizations and consumers need to choose energy-efficient solutions and best management practices.

Executive Order 13123 (issued by President Clinton on June 3, 1999) calls for Federal agencies to purchase ENERGY STARŪ and other energy-efficient products when acquiring energy-using products (if life-cycle cost-effective). For product groups where ENERGY STARŪ labels are not yet available, we are required to select products that are in the upper 25 percent of energy efficiency as designated by the Federal Energy Management Program.

SLAC is committed to encouraging the purchase of energy-efficient products in a manner that does not impede product performance, safety or overall value.

For more information about the ENERGY STARŪ products and to obtain access to the product database, see: http://www.energystar.gov/

–Luda Fieguth