Eliminate the Energy Star program

  • Potential 10 Year Savings: $627 Million
  • Sponsor: Rep. Steven Palazzo
  • Legislation:
  • Status: Introduced

The Energy Star Program, a joint initiative of the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is intended to provide consumers information about energy efficient products. The federal government and various states offer tax credits and other incentives to encourage the use of energy-efficient products including Energy Star products. According to a 2010 Government Accountability Office report, the Energy Star Program is vulnerable to fraud and abuse. GAO obtained Energy Star certifications for 15 bogus products, including a gas-powered alarm clock. Energy efficient information is already available through non-governmental sources, and there is no need to maintain a faulty system for providing federal endorsements for commercial products.