President Donald Trump’s budget plan for 2018 comes with several significant cuts. Because of this, the Trump administration is also proposing the elimination of several programs under the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Among them is the Energy Star program, which has given Americans as much as $362 billion in savings.
According to Trump’s budget plan, there is a proposed elimination of more than 50 programs by the EPA. This is meant to generate an additional $347 million in savings. “Lower priority and poorly performing programs and grants are not funded,” it further stated.
However, the Energy Star program has not been performing poorly. In fact, it is the “most successful voluntary energy efficiency movement in history.” The EPA started the Energy Star program back in 1992 as voluntary labeling program. Its goal had always been to “identify and promote energy-efficient products to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”
At first, the program concentrated on computers and monitors. By 1995, however, it expanded to cover various other office equipment products. At the same time, it also tackled on heating and cooling equipment among residential properties. By 1996, the EPA designed to partner up with the U.S. Department of Energy for certain product categories. Since then, the Energy Star label appears on major appliances, lighting, home electronics, office equipment, new homes, commercial buildings, industrial buildings and industrial plants.
As for impact, the program has also led to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by more than 2.4 billion metric tons. To accomplish this, the Energy Star program didn’t just certify products, it certified homes and buildings too. In fact, the program has certified more than 1.6 million homes and 25,000 buildings so far.
Energy Star has generated $362 to $430 billion in savings for America.
Energy Star has since worked on certifying products in over 70 categories. In 2012, the program proudly generated $24 billion in energy and cost savings. Today, the Energy Star label has been responsible for generating more than $362 billion in savings when it comes to utility bills.
According to a report from the Washington Examiner, the program’s savings may be higher with proponents estimating as much as $430 billion. Because of Trump, however, the Energy Star program may no longer be able to help America generate even more cost savings in the future.
The program is said to have an operating budget of $50 million each year.