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March 2003 ENERGY STAR Online Newsletter

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2003 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Awards

On April 15, the 2003 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Awards will honor organizations that have made outstanding contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The EPA sponsors these awards annually to recognize energy efficiency investments made by ENERGY STAR partners that saved consumers money while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. These 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.

The awards ceremony will be held at the Capital Hilton in Washington, DC, with the 2003 Partner of the Year as the evening’s keynote speaker.

Information on awards winners will be available on April 15 at http://www.energystar.gov.

Cool Down Your Energy Bills with ENERGY STAR This Spring

Is your home’s cooling equipment more than 10 years old? With warm weather quickly approaching, EPA encourages homeowners to have their current systems inspected for energy performance and to replace older HVAC equipment with more energy-efficient models this spring. A newly installed ENERGY STAR qualified system, when sized and installed properly, can save you up to 20 percent on your annual energy costs.

When replacing your old system, EPA recommends choosing an ENERGY STAR qualified central air conditioner, geothermal heat pump, or air-source heat pump, which will use 20 to 40 percent less energy than new conventional models and contribute to a cleaner environment. Programmable thermostats that earn the ENERGY STAR allow you to set your HVAC system to chill out during the times you’re away, and cool the house to a comfortable temperature in time for your return.

Organizations across the nation who have discovered the idea of putting their computers to sleep include:

When you save energy, you not only save money, you also protect the environment. If one household in 10 bought ENERGY STAR heating and cooling equipment, the change would prevent 17 billion pounds of air pollution.

For more background, consult the following resources: