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June 2003 ENERGY STAR Online Newsletter

ENERGY STAR 2004 Awards Applications Available Now

EPA and DOE are pleased to announce that applications for the 2004 ENERGY STAR Awards are now available. Each year, leading companies and organizations are recognized for their outstanding contributions to environmental protection and energy efficiency through their partnership with ENERGY STAR. Awards are offered in the categories of efficient products, buildings and facilities, homes, and general leadership in energy efficiency. The 2004 ENERGY STAR Awards ceremony will be held on March 2, 2004, in Washington, DC.

All organizations participating in ENERGY STAR are encouraged to apply for a 2004 ENERGY STAR Award. To be considered, an organization must submit a complete application package by December 5, 2003.

To submit your application electronically, send it as an attached file to passe.jonathan@epa.gov.

Over 1,000 US Buildings Recognized for Superior Energy Performance

To date, over 1,000 of the nation’s most energy-efficient buildings have earned the ENERGY STAR for superior performance. ENERGY STAR qualified buildings use about 40 percent less energy than average buildings, without compromising comfort or services. In 2002 alone, ENERGY STAR qualified buildings saved $130 million in energy bills and reduced carbon dioxide by 2.6 billion pounds. Buildings qualify for the ENERGY STAR by earning a score of 75 or higher on EPA’s 100-point national energy rating scale. These buildings must also meet industry standards for comfort and indoor air quality, as verified by a professional engineer.

A complete list of ENERGY STAR qualified buildings Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader is available, or you can also look for ENERGY STAR qualified buildings and plants in your area.

Learn more about reducing energy use at your facility and how your building can earn the ENERGY STAR.

Central Florida Welcomes ENERGY STAR at Home and Work

Did you know the average home causes more pollution than the average car? EPA visited Orlando this spring to encourage homeowners and businesses to look for the ENERGY STAR as a way to help the environment and save money at the same time.

Steve Thomas, former host of This Old House, and EPA appeared at the Central Florida Home and Garden Show in April to help consumers integrate energy efficiency into home improvement and home construction plans. EPA and others shared the financial and environmental rewards of energy-efficient cooling equipment and properly sealed and insulated ducts. Thomas offered three presentations demonstrating how following EPA recommendations lowered utility expenses and improved indoor air quality of his own home.

In June, EPA and Progress Energy, a local utility and ENERGY STAR partner, demonstrated the benefits and savings of ENERGY STAR certified homes and appliances in an Orlando home. The homeowner spoke of their experience and happiness with an ENERGY STAR certified home, along with comments from EPA representatives and Progress Energy.

To complement these events, ENERGY STAR distributed tips about energy efficiency at work and home to employees of local businesses.

Upgrade with ENERGY STAR: New Ideas for Summer Home Improvement Projects

Summer is synonymous with home improvement for many Americans and EPA recommends looking to ENERGY STAR to help.

When beginning a home remodeling project, consider improvements that enhance your home and protect the environment with minimal additional cost or inconvenience. For advice on energy-efficient remodeling ideas, consult the ENERGY STAR Home Improvement Toolbox.

EPA offers other online resources to help consumers make the most of their home improvement projects. A smart first step is to see how your home energy use compares to other households. To take this quiz, tabulate your annual energy bill and your home square footage and click on Home Energy Yardstick. Once you know your home energy efficiency, EPA offers a list of customized improvement recommendations and estimated savings. Click on Home Energy Advisor.

Other improvement ideas include Home Sealing, which helps lower energy expenses by keeping conditioned air inside your home with added insulation and sealed air leaks in the outer walls, ceiling and floors.

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