Energy Star

Maximizing the Impact of the Energy Star Program Policy: Going Greener
Due to the increasing opportunity cost of obtaining energy in the United States, a voluntary policy called the Energy Star. The main mission of the green policy would be to serve the American society as a tax deducting incentive for business and individuals in return for buying or constructing energy efficient goods and buildings. According to the official website of the Energy Star Program, it was first developed in 1992 under the Clean Air Act Section 102 (g) of the Clean Air Act. As the high cost of scare energy resources rapidly rose throughout the first decade of Energy Star’s existence, Congress was forced to support the recent policy. In 2005, Congress enacted the Energy Policy Act. Section 131, which gave the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) power to explore and promote the Energy Star Program (Hoffman). The main task Congress assigned to the EPA was to reduce energy costs and pollution of the environment throughout Energy Star. Regardless of the good intentions of the voluntary Energy Star Program policy, it is almost only excluded to the big corporations and businesses that work with/for the government at a federal level. Even if the demand for the policy is there, the policy’s supply is often interrupted by its strictness and lack of customer service personal. The program is simply too broad for one federal agency to maintain it at the 50 states of our nation. A policy that is carried on by state government rather than federal would be far more efficient in the development and growth of the Energy Star Program voluntary policy.
The Energy Star Program policy fails to promote and reward the developing of different green infrastructure within a state. It is very difficult for just one federal agency to discover the unique kind of potential that a state may have when it comes to becoming energy independent. The natural resources of a state often vary due to geography. A good...