Marcus Hiles wholeheartedly supports renters’ and buyers’ insistence upon the latest ENERGY STAR rated appliances. This voluntary labeling program, launched in 1992 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is a powerful influence in purchasing decisions. Each year, consumers and program partners save over $31 billion by purchasing 320 million energy efficient products. Hiles says this is a great way to reduce home energy bills. “Compared to appliances just ten years old, with ENERGY STAR you can save almost half on your energy bill,” he notes.