Highlighting the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Awards being presented tonight by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Energy (DOE), this newsletter celebrates the environmental commitment of America’s retailers, manufacturers, home builders, utilities, schools, state agencies, and businesses of all sizes. Last year alone Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved about $10 billion on their energy bills while reducing greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 20 million cars.
Recognizing outstanding contributions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency, EPA and DOE will tonight present the 2005 ENERGY STAR awards to 50 businesses and organizations. More than 7,000 organizations are ENERGY STAR partners, committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes and businesses across the nation.
Award winners to be recognized for superior energy efficiency include such organizations as Lowe’s Companies, Inc., Food Lion, Pardee Homes, USAA Real Estate, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), and 3M. To date, more than 360,000 new homes have earned the ENERGY STAR distinction, and more than 15,000 office buildings, schools, supermarkets and hotels have benchmarked their energy performance as a basis for future progress. ENERGY STAR qualified products, homes, and buildings provide the quality, features, and personal comfort today’s consumers expect.
The 2005 ENERGY STAR Award Winners by category are:
Excellence in Efficient Homes
More information about the ENERGY STAR Award winners can be found online at www.energystar.gov.
This month, EPA is joining with more than 20 leading associations, states and businesses to issue a national challenge to America’s commercial and institutional building owners. The ENERGY STAR Challenge encourages building owners to improve the efficiency of their buildings by 10 percent or more and to capitalize on the resulting environmental benefits and cost savings. EPA estimates that if each building owner took on this challenge over the next decade, Americans would reduce greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to the emissions from 15 million vehicles while saving about $10 billion each year.
EPA offers its national building energy performance rating system, which has already been used to assess the energy efficiency of almost 20,000 buildings across the country, to support the challenge. To improve energy efficiency, the ENERGY STAR Challenge calls for three actions:
EPA will recognize 13 ENERGY STAR “Leaders” who are demonstrating that a 10 percent improvement or more is within reach for organizations of all types and sizes. These companies, school districts, and healthcare organizations have measured the energy efficiency of all their buildings and achieved energy efficiency improvements of approximately 10 or 20 percent, or achieved overall top performance.
For a complete list of ENERGY STAR Leaders, visit: www.energystar.gov.
In a recently released report, EPA announced that more than 360,000 of the nation’s new homes have earned the ENERGY STAR since 1995, saving homeowners an estimated $200 million and eliminating approximately 4 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions, equivalent to the emissions of about 150,000 vehicles. EPA also announced that nearly ten percent of all homes built in 2004 earned the ENERGY STAR.
According to EPA, the energy used in our homes accounts for nearly 17 percent of the total US greenhouse gas emissions and 15 percent of the energy consumption nationwide. For the past 10 years, EPA has been working with the housing industry, utilities, raters, and states to bring increased energy efficiency to the homebuilding industry. Today more than 2,500 builders are committed to building ENERGY STAR certified homes and 20 to 40 percent of new housing starts are earning the ENERGY STAR in a growing number of markets.
New homes that qualify as ENERGY STAR use about 30 percent less energy than a home built to the model energy code without compromising comfort or quality. ENERGY STAR certified homes can be found in every state and the District of Columbia. States with the most ENERGY STAR certified homes include Texas, with more than 91,000 qualifying homes, California with more than 52,000 qualifying homes, and Arizona, with more than 41,000 qualifying homes. States with at least 10 percent of new homes earning the ENERGY STAR in 2004 include Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas and Vermont.
Copies of the report, “A Decade of Change in Homebuilding with ENERGY STAR,” are available at www.energystar.gov or by calling the ENERGY STAR Hotline at 1-888-STAR-YES.
Public awareness of ENERGY STAR has jumped to 64 percent of U.S. households, according to a recent nationwide survey. In many major markets where local utilities and other organizations use ENERGY STAR to promote energy efficiency to their customers, public awareness of ENERGY STAR is even higher, averaging 74 percent.
Other interesting results from the survey include:
This report highlights that the government’s ENERGY STAR is helping Americans make consumer choices that are energy efficient and good for the environment. For more about public awareness of the ENERGY STAR brand, refer to the EPA press advisory (14KB) or Survey Report (882KB).
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Maria Vargas, EPA