Top 5 reasons to give ENERGY STAR

The best gifts do great things, and the hottest gifts this season are in electronics and home entertainment. But the best gifts are also good for the environment. ENERGY STAR certified home electronics go beyond the latest features and functions to deliver great energy efficiency.

Top 5 Reasons to Give ENERGY STAR

  1. TVs offer the hottest featuresENERGY STAR certified TVs offer the most popular features and technologies—Smart TV functionality, Ultra High Definition, large screens, LED backlighting—and they’re over 25% more energy efficient than standard models.
  2. Sound bars sound even better — Some of the most popular new products—sound bars, wireless speakers, and gadgets with Bluetooth connectivity—can also earn the ENERGY STAR. Your gift will be a sure hit, and be up to 60% more efficient.
  3. Give the “bright” gift — ENERGY STAR certified LED bulbs make great gifts and stocking stuffers! We’ve all heard about this exciting new development in light bulb technology, but to get the energy efficiency and performance you expect, look for the ENERGY STAR label. LED bulbs that earn the label are independently certified to ensure they deliver on brightness and color, and shine light where you want it.
  4. ‘Tis the season to be streaming — If your loved ones like streaming movies or videos, let them know that laptops and tablets use the least amount of energy. Slates and tablets that have earned the ENERGY STAR use 10 times less power to stream than a game console does. They use 7 times less power than streaming directly to your television and 6 times less than streaming to a desktop computer and monitor. Now that’s a gift they’ll really love!
  5. The environment is on everyone’s wish list — Shopping for electronics can be overwhelming. The little blue ENERGY STAR label is the simple choice. It says this product delivers much more than innovative technology. It says this product is designed and certified to save energy. Choosing ENERGY STAR says you’re reducing your carbon footprint and helping in the fight against climate change. Your loved ones will appreciate that.

ES_LogoENERGY STAR® is the simple choice for energy efficiency. For more than 20 years, people across America have looked to EPA’s ENERGY STAR program for guidance on saving energy, saving money, and protecting the environment. Behind each blue label is a product, building, or home that is independently certified to use less energy and cause fewer of the emissions that contribute to climate change. Visit today and tell all your friends!

Heartland is proud to partner with ENERGY STAR to promote energy efficient products and practices that save money and protect our environment. For more information about our partnership, visit

Reduce home energy use by 20% with free web app

Today is the 44th celebration of Earth Day–a day when we celebrate our planet and demonstrate support for environmental protection. In order to celebrate Earth Day every day, the Earth Day Network and WattzOn, an energy engagement platform, have teamed up to create a FREE web application that helps families save energy and money. Through simple, personalized recommendations, the Earth Day Network EnergyCenter, available HERE, helps users take control of their energy bills and reduce their carbon footprint.

“This year we want to empower our network to make an impact on energy use, and are challenging families to reduce their consumption by 20%,” said Kathleen Rogers, president of Earth Day Network. “It’s a big goal, but most families can save through simple habit changes and small home projects, and the Earth Day network EnergyCenter is a great tool to learn how.”

To get started, users answer a few questions about their home, such as the year it was built and square footage, in order to create a home profile. The EnergyCenter provides tailored recommendations for saving energy and an individualized action plan for more efficient energy use. Users are also able to connect the app to their utility or enter their utility bill information in order to stay up-to-date on their progress and track their savings.

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Other features include:

  • a Learning Center with informational articles on everything from dishwashers and lighting to efficient televisions and air ducts. that allows users to compare their car’s fuel efficiency against others to see how much they could save.
  • a Rebates Center with information and links to the latest rebates and tax credits available nationwide and in your region or state.
  • a Solar Advisor with cost-savings estimates and other information concerning home solar energy.
  • a My Car app, which allows users to determine the fuel efficiency of their vehicle and compare it with other makes and models.

Like many web applications, the EnergyCenter is also available for iPhone and Android. For more information or to sign up, visit

WattzOn is a personal energy management platform that helps companies, communities and individuals save money and energy. By combining advanced technology, behavioral science and powerful data and analytics, the company provides innovative energy management solutions or consumers, businesses and government agencies.

Growing out of the first Earth Day in 1970, Earth Day Network (EDN) works to protect our planet and its people every day. EDN is a recognized leader in environmental education and in creating civically-oriented innovative programs with partners outside the environmental movement to tackle new challenges.