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January 2003 ENERGY STAR Newsletter

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Put the environment on your shopping list

The EPA is encouraging consumers to put the environment on their shopping list by choosing gifts that have earned the ENERGY STAR. ENERGY STAR qualified new home electronics use less energy and offer the same or better performance and features as conventional models. Products that have earned the ENERGY STAR meet strict energy efficiency criteria set by the US EPA and the US Department of Energy.

EPA provides a Gift Guide that gives consumers helpful information about the energy efficiency and other features of home electronics such as TVs, home audio/video equipment and cordless phones and answering machines that have earned the ENERGY STAR. Consumers can also find retailers, manufacturers and other participating partners that are working to make your gift giving a little easier and helping to improve the environment.

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Consumers Change for the Better with ENERGY STAR Energy-Efficient Lighting

EPA is encouraging consumers to make their next light an ENERGY STAR. Between October and December, hundreds of ENERGY STAR partner retailers, manufacturers, utilities and state organizations are working together to offer more energy-efficient lighting choices than ever before. Many have special offers on select ENERGY STAR qualified products at participating stores across the country.

Why choose ENERGY STAR? Lighting fixtures that earn the government-backed ENERGY STAR label use up to 75 percent less energy than standard lighting, which means lower utility bills. They also cost less than half as much to operate. Replacing a standard incandescent bulb with an ENERGY STAR qualified bulb can save you $25 or more per bulb over its lifetime. And compact florescent bulbs (CFLs) last at least four years!

When you save energy, you not only save money, you also protect our environment. If just one room in every U.S. home used ENERGY STAR lighting, the change would save 800 billion kWh and keep one trillion pounds of greenhouse gases out of the air.

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Keep Warm This Winter with ENERGY STAR

Keep warm this winter with ENERGY STAR, and put the freeze on high home energy bills. By looking for the ENERGY STAR, consumers can help improve their home’s comfort during the winter season while protecting the environment.

Heating: Almost half of the energy used in a home goes to heating and cooling. ENERGY STAR qualified heating and cooling equipment, sized and installed correctly, with properly sealed ducts, can save consumers as much as 20 percent of their annual energy costs.

If your home’s heating equipment is 15 years or older, you are probably paying too much to heat your home. Heating products that meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by EPA and DOE earn the ENERGY STAR, and improve both the comfort and value of your home.

Home Sealing: Sealing your home’s “envelope” — the outer walls, ceiling, windows and floors — can help increase the comfort and energy efficiency of your home. In fact, you can save up to 10 percent on energy bills by adding insulation and sealing air leaks to stop drafts.