Change the World. Start with ENERGY STAR.

ENERGY STAR Update
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Celebrate ENERGY STAR Day!

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Celebrates ENERGY STAR Day, Highlights Youth Leaders Protecting the Climate

Americans can participate in local events to learn more about energy efficiency

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced ENERGY STAR Day, a first-ever nationwide celebration of energy efficiency accomplishments in honor of the 20th anniversary of the ENERGY STAR program. ENERGY STAR Day is being celebrated with events around the country between now and October 24.

COOL FACT: Over the past 20 years, the ENERGY STAR program has helped Americans save nearly $230 billion on utility bills, preventing more than 1.7 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.

On October 24, ENERGY STAR will host a youth panel in St. Paul, Minn. at the ENERGY STAR annual partner meeting featuring representatives from youth engagement organizations and youth leaders in environmental action. The ENERGY STAR Day youth panel will feature young people and adult leaders from national youth organizations DoSomething.org, Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the Girl Scouts of the USA. The panel will focus on how kids and their families have joined the effort to protect the climate through energy-efficient practices, and how other young people can get involved.

JOIN US: The panel will be streamed live on the ENERGY STAR Facebook page from 1:15–2:15 PM CDT on October 23. Young people can submit their questions for panel participants in advance via the ENERGY STAR Facebook page or via Twitter to: @ENERGY STAR.

ENERGY STAR Day celebrates the ever-increasing energy efficiency commitments that youth, businesses and homeowners have made and continue to make through the Change the World, Start with ENERGY STAR campaign.

WHAT YOU CAN DO: The Change the World, Start with ENERGY STAR campaign encourages Americans to:

  • Take the ENERGY STAR Pledge at energystar.gov/pledge and commit to taking actions such as adjusting thermostats, adding insulation, and using ENERGY STAR certified lighting.
  • Attend local events such as energy efficiency fairs and energy-saving demonstrations and workshops. Current local events can be found on the ENERGY STARs Across America map at energystar.gov/changetheworld.
  • Share energy-saving stories online, and inspire others to take action.
  • Sign kids up to join Team ENERGY STAR by visiting energystar.gov/team, where they will receive fun, easy-to-download educational materials featuring the heroic team from the film, EPIC.

COOL FACT: To date, more than 3.5 million people have taken the ENERGY STAR pledge. These pledges could save $624 million on utility bills and more than 7.8 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions.

COOL FACT: In 2011 alone, Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, prevented about 210 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions — equivalent to the annual emissions from 41 million vehicles — and saved $23 billion on their utility bills.

LEARN MORE: ENERGY STAR is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency voluntary labeling program introduced in 1992 to help businesses and individuals save money and protect the climate through superior energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 65 different kinds of products, as well as new homes and buildings. Products that have earned the ENERGY STAR designation prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the government. For more information about ENERGY STAR, call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937)