On Tuesday, April 15, EPA Administrator Christie Whitman recognized 39 organizations as winners of the 2003 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Awards. These organizations have made outstanding contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency.
The EPA and the DOE sponsor these awards annually to recognize energy efficiency investments made by ENERGY STAR partners that saved consumers money while helping the environment. The Partners of the Year are selected from the 7,000 ENERGY STAR partners based on their efforts to utilize energy-efficient technologies, communicate the benefits of energy savings to consumers and businesses, and encourage others to partner with ENERGY STAR.
This year’s award winners included Lowe’s Companies, Inc., Eastman Kodak Company, Panasonic, Pardee Homes and the Maytag Corporation.
Over 100,000 homes are now ENERGY STAR certified! Collectively, these homes are saving more than $26 million a year. Since the ENERGY STAR label was made available in 1995, 1 in 3 of the nation’s top 100 builders are ENERGY STAR partners.
1500 builders in all 50 states currently construct ENERGY STAR certified homes, which have benefits such as lower utility costs and increased comfort. To earn the ENERGY STAR, a home must be independently verified to be at least 30 percent more energy-efficient in its heating, cooling and water heating than a comparable home built to meet 1993 billing codes, and 15 percent more efficient than the state energy code.
Owners of an ENERGY STAR home can expect to save about $200-$450 annually on their utility bills. To reap these benefits, you can find ENERGY STAR builders and other homes partners in your area.
Over 80 ENERGY STAR partners are hitting the market with coupons and discounts on ENERGY STAR qualified appliances between April 1 and July 15. By working together with manufacturers and utilities, EPA and DOE are able to deliver more value, choices and incentives to consumers shopping for energy efficient appliances.
ENERGY STAR qualified appliances include clothes washers, dishwashers, room air conditioners, refrigerators and freezers and dehumidifiers. The promotion features ENERGY STAR’s first national coupon, which will lower the price of any qualifying clothes washer by $100. Manufacturers are offering a $50 incentive on the washers, matching a $50 rebate from participating utility companies and state and regional ENERGY STAR partners.
By switching to appliances that have earned the ENERGY STAR, consumers can save $80 a year in energy costs while protecting the environment. ENERGY STAR qualified appliances incorporate advanced technologies that use 10–50% less energy and water than standard models. The money saved on utility bills can more than make up for the cost of a more expensive but more efficient ENERGY STAR model.
For interested consumers, information on these discounts and where to find ENERGY STAR appliances, visit the online store locator, the local rebate finder or call the ENERGY STAR Hotline at 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).
ENERGY STAR partners that would like to learn more about the appliance promotion should visit the partner resources page.