As part of their ongoing commitment to ENERGY STAR, Lowe’s launched the ENERGY STAR Solutions Campaign this October. Visitors to any of Lowe’s 700 retail stores nationwide can pick up copies of the Lowe’s ENERGY STAR Guide, which helps consumers shop for ENERGY STAR labeled products, and provides information on insulation, air sealing, and other home improvement projects. Lowe’s is also hosting a series of in-store clinics to teach consumers how to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. Topics range from installing energy-efficient lighting fixtures and programmable thermostats, to fixing leaky plumbing and air-sealing a home.
Over the coming months, Lowe’s will be expanding the range of ENERGY STAR labeled products available to consumers, and will continue to launch in-store promotions and host educational programs at all of its stores. In addition, Lowe’s and ENERGY STAR will introduce the ENERGY STAR Home Sealing Program, designed to educate consumers about the energy savings and increased comfort that a well-sealed and well-insulated home provides.
Visit the guide online at www.lowes.com/energy.
ENERGY STAR is joining with retailers, manufacturers, and utilities across America to encourage consumers to Change a Light, Change the World. Throughout October, ENERGY STAR and its partners will educate the public about the benefits of energy-efficient lighting, explaining how changing just one light bulb in a home or office can save energy and money, and help the environment. Kicks off events are scheduled for October in Hartford, Portland and Milwaukee.
“If every U.S. household participated in the campaign and make their next light an ENERGY STAR, Americans could save up to $800 million on their energy bills,” according to EPA Administrator Christie Whitman. The reduction in air pollution would be equal to taking 1.2 million cars off the road for one year.
Compact Florescent Lights (CFLs) that qualify as ENERGY STAR use one-fourth the energy of incandescent bulbs, last 10 times longer, and are more cost effective.
ENERGY STAR is partnering with the Energy Policy Division of the Indiana Department of Commerce, local utilities, home raters, retailers, and such national partners as Fannie Mae and the Whirlpool Corporation in October to hold the Home Show and Tour in Indianapolis. Strong builder support and partner representation across Indianapolis make the city a logical choice for ENERGY STAR’s celebration of “Energy-Efficiency Month”.
As part of an effort to raise consumer awareness on ways to save energy and money around the home, h.h. gregg, an area electronics and appliance retailer, is providing the site for the Home Show. At the event, visitors receive tips on energy-efficient homebuilding and home improvement. They can browse more than 30 partner-sponsored booths, attend free seminars given by experts in home energy efficiency as well and have the opportunity to visit a builder’s community to view testing and construction demonstrations on an ENERGY STAR qualified new home under construction.
The Home Show serves as a kick-off event for the Indianapolis Homes Tour, an initiative lasting throughout October, at which the 15 Indianapolis-area partner builders will display their more than 60 communities with ENERGY STAR qualified new homes.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently joined with the ceiling fan industry’s leading manufacturers and retailers to unveil a new ENERGY STAR label for ceiling fans at the National Hardware Show and Building Products Exposition in Chicago, IL.
Because ENERGY STAR labeled models move air at least 15-20 percent more efficiently than a typical new ceiling fan, the average savings will be $10 to $15 per fan per year. The first ENERGY STAR labeled models will reach stores in January of 2002.
“Fans have always been measurable by price and décor,” commented Ron Jarvis merchandising vice president of Home Depot. “Now, with ENERGY STAR, we can also talk efficiency and performance – things that matter a great deal to our customers.”