ENERGY STAR FAQs
ENERGY STAR® products are the same or better than standard products, but they use less energy. To earn the ENERGY STAR, they must meet strict efficiency criteria set by the US Environmental Protection Agency or the US Department of Energy. Since the products use less energy, they save you money on your energy bill and help protect the environment by causing fewer harmful emissions from power plants. Some examples:
Nearly all products that use gas or electricity can qualify, including lighting products, heating and air conditioning, computers, office equipment, and refrigerators. For a complete listing of products, visit the ENERGY STAR website at energystar.gov.
This website, energystar.gov/taxcredits will help you to learn what equipment may be eligible for federal tax credits. Be sure to also consult your tax advisor.
Currently there are no rebates offered for the purchase and installation of new windows or insulation. However, New Jersey's Clean Energy Program offers Home Performance with ENERGY STAR, a program that assesses a home's overall performance and energy efficiency looking specifically at improvements to insulation, duct sealing, heating and cooling systems, windows, doors, and appliances. Additionally, there are federal tax credits available. We also encourage you to install ENERGY STAR rated windows to maximize your energy savings.
You can start with an online home energy analysis offered by your local utility to find out how you can begin reducing your energy use and saving money. Also, learn how you can save up to 30% on your energy bills by having a certified technician evaluate your home through the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program.
Yes. A listing of HVAC contractors can be found in the Trade Ally Database.
Yes. New Jersey's Clean Energy Program offers rebates and free benchmarking assistance to commercial and industrial customers, as well as to schools and municipalities that want to reduce their energy costs. From simple lighting upgrades to complete retrofits, the NJ SmartStart Buildings Program and ENERGY STAR combine to help small and large users reduce their energy consumption.
The Program provides incentives for energy efficiency upgrades for both new homes and commercial buildings being newly constructed.
For recommendations on the safe recycling of compact fluorescent light bulbs, visit recycleabulb.com. There are also some retailers (such as Home Depot) who are collecting CFLs at stores as part of their recycling program. Or, contact your local county's recycling center.
Because CFLs contain a small amount of mercury, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends the following clean-up and disposal guidelines.