A new programme to encourage the sale of home energy efficient products has been launched in the US.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and technology company Energy Star have created the scheme, which seeks to establish a model for utilities to incentivise retailers to sell and consumers to purchase more efficient products.
The Energy Star Retail Products Platform (ESRPP) gives retailers, utilities, manufacturers and other participants a more efficient platform to deliver products.
It allows the partners to leverage each other’s resources and shared objectives, avoid duplication of effort and redundancy across neighbouring service territories and streamline operations.
According to EPA, a typical household equipped with Energy Star certified products can reduce emissions by around 72,000 pounds of CO2 and save $8,200 (£6,642) on utility bills over the lifetime of the products.
Janet McCabe, Acting Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation said: “EPA is excited to be facilitating this collaborative effort among the most innovative of our many great Energy Star partners. Once fully implemented, this approach to energy efficiency programming could expand the availability of energy saving products for consumers and more effectively contribute to protecting our climate.”