If you’ve bought a major appliance in the U.S. during the past decade, you’ve probably noticed the government-issued Energy Star certification. Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. Their goal is to “help us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.”

But Energy Star goes beyond simply recommending energy-efficient washers and dryers. The web site offers a number of useful resources. Main sections include:

With tax season in full-swing, it’s probably worthwhile to check the list of Federal tax credits for energy efficiency. Most of these expired at the end of 2007, but were valid for all of last year. Other resources include the news room, which contains information about the program, and — believe it or not — the Energy Star podcast.