Why is BGE working with ENERGY STAR®? BGE has always sought ways to help our customers save energy and money while helping to protect the environment. Educating everyone about the benefits of ENERGY STAR helps us achieve that goal. ENERGY STAR also provides complimentary resources, which BGE is using to enhance our programs. What does ENERGY STAR certified mean? ENERGY STAR is a nationally recognized, joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). It helps us all save money and protect the environment through use of energy-efficient products and practices. Next time you’re looking for new household products, look for the blue ENERGY STAR label. This symbol means the product or service meets strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the EPA and DOE. For more information on ENERGY STAR, please visit www.energystar.gov/faqs. I hear incandescent bulbs have been phased out. Is that true? The Department of Energy issued a new ruling in 2022 that requires lighting products to meet new standards. Most incandescent and halogen products will be phased out in 2023.