In anticipation of cold winter days to come, EPA, through the ENERGY STAR program, can help consumers save energy, money and protect the environment by increasing the efficiency of their homes’ heating systems. A Guide to Energy-Efficient Cooling and Heating (2.6MB) en espanol — Guía para la Eficiencia de Energía en la Calefacción y el Aire Acondicionado (2.5MB) can help you determine when its time to replace your existing equipment and offers recommendations on increasing the performance of your new or existing equipment.
EPA awarded a one million dollar grant to the Building Performance Institute (BPI), Inc. to improve the energy efficiency of existing homes. This grant will advance the development of a national infrastructure of certified technicians and accredited contractors to deliver whole house energy efficiency improvements. BPI technician certification and contractor accreditation can complement the nationwide expansion of Home Performance with ENERGY STAR.
EPA recently released its annual report summarizing the success of ENERGY STAR and other voluntary climate protection programs. The report summarizes the accomplishments of these programs for 2003. For example, Americans, with the help of the ENERGY STAR, avoided greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 18 million automobiles — up from 15 million in 2002 — while saving $8 billion on their energy bills.
EPA announced on July 1 that an energy efficiency specification is in effect for room air cleaners/purifiers. Room air cleaners are the newest product category to carry the ENERGY STAR, joining other home comfort products such as dehumidifiers, programmable thermostats, and room air conditioners that are eligible to carry the government-backed symbol for energy-efficiency.
EPA’s efforts to encourage power management were featured on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, on June 17. Through the ENERGY STAR program, EPA is working with companies to enable the power management feature on computers and monitors — thereby reducing pollution and saving almost $1 billion on energy costs.
EPA unveiled a new ENERGY STAR public awareness campaign calling on Americans to protect our environment for future generations by taking 5 steps in their own homes to improve energy efficiency. The campaign is based on the little known fact that the average home can cause more greenhouse gas emissions than the average car.
EPA announced the expansion of its ENERGY STAR program to the design of new commercial buildings. Architecture firms will now be able to distinguish buildings that have been designed to be among the most efficient buildings in the country as “Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR”.
EPA has announced the ENERGY STAR award winners for small businesses and congregations. These 13 winners are being recognized for their contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Public recognition efforts are focused on winners’ hometowns and state and local market areas. For more information on current and past winners please visit the online summaries.
On April 1, EPA announced that refrigerated beverage vending machines may now earn the ENERGY STAR. Qualified machines are 35% more efficient than standard new machines and feature modes to power down lighting and refrigeration levels during inactivity.