In 1992 the EPA introduced ENERGY STAR as a voluntary labeling program designed to identify and promote energy-efficient products to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Computers and monitors were the first labeled products. Through 1995, EPA expanded the label to include office equipment products and residential heating and cooling equipment. In 1996, EPA partnered with the US Department of Energy for particular product categories. The ENERGY STAR label is now on major appliances, office equipment, lighting, home electronics, and more. EPA has also extended the label to cover new homes and commercial and industrial buildings. ENERGY STAR has also been a driving force behind the use of efficient fluorescent lighting, power management systems for office equipment, and low standby energy use.
Today, ENERGY STAR provides a label on over 60 product categories (and thousands of models) for the home and office; assisting homeowners and building managers in choosing products that use less money and save energy, yet perform at the same or better as comparable models that are less energy efficient.