Energy Star is an internationally-recognized label, usually used as "ENERGY STAR."
You've probably seen it a lot of places – while appliance shopping or light bulb shopping, or just perusing the aisles of The Home Depot.
The label is everywhere. (Actually, as we'll discuss later in this post, it's just everywhere in the U.S., European Union countries, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, and Taiwan.)
But just where did Energy Star come from? Is it just another federal government regulation for people to gripe about or a necessary standard for achieving environmental sustainability on a global scale? How important is the standard to your buying decisions? And what should you do if you found a lamp that seems perfect for your project but lacks Energy Star certification?