Energy Star, launched in 1992 by the U.S. EPA, helps consumers identify the most efficient products and practices. More than 20 years later, the EPA has 18,000+ partner companies all committed to improving the energy efficiency of the products we use on a daily basis as well as the homes and buildings we occupy. Products that earn the Energy Star label must pass strict guidelines set by the EPA. Kristinn Leonhart, the EPA’s Energy Star Brand Manager, sees significant benefits in helping Americans to choose energy-efficient products. “Energy use in homes, buildings and industry accounts for two-thirds of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States,” Leonhart reveals. “Energy Star has been instrumental in reducing this energy use.”