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Summer 2004 ENERGY STAR News

This edition of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR newsletter provides you with timely story ideas to both educate and activate your readers. With the unveiling of a new public awareness campaign, ENERGY STAR offers homeowners five simple steps to save energy, money and the environment — all while improving the comfort and indoor air quality of their homes.

Now that summer is in full swing, Americans are looking for ways to beat the heat. ENERGY STAR offers instructive guides to help homeowners cool their homes smartly and cut energy costs without sacrificing comfort. And read on for the newly announced ENERGY STAR designation for architectural design.

Public Awareness Campaign Encourages Consumers to Take Five Steps at Home

Did you know that the average home can cause more greenhouse gas emissions than the average car? Based upon this little known fact, EPA is unveiling a new ENERGY STAR public awareness campaign calling on Americans to protect the environment for future generations by taking five steps in their own homes to improve energy efficiency.

Public Service Announcements have been sent by EPA to media markets around the country. This multi-year campaign includes television, radio and print public service announcements (in both English and Spanish) that emphasize specific actions consumers can make in their homes to use energy efficiently.

The campaign is based on five simple tips you can share with your readers:

  1. Change 5 Lights. Replace your 5 most frequently used lights or the bulbs in them with ones that have earned the ENERGY STAR.
  2. Look for ENERGY STAR labeled products. Available in more than 50 product categories, including lighting and home appliances.
  3. Heat and cool smartly. Have your heating and cooling equipment serviced annually and remember to replace air filters regularly. Use a programmable thermostat, and when it’s time to replace old equipment, choose an ENERGY STAR qualified model.
  4. Seal up your home. Seal air leaks, add insulation and choose ENERGY STAR qualified windows.
  5. Tell family and friends. We’re asking you to help spread the word that energy efficiency is good for your home and good for our environment. Start by emailing this page to a friend.

As part of his February 2002 National Energy Plan, President Bush called for increased public awareness of the ENERGY STAR program and its benefits to consumers and businesses. The President also called for the expansion of the program to provide the ENERGY STAR label to additional building types including grocery stores, hospitals and hotels.

Information on the campaign, including what consumers can do in their homes and cars, can be found at www.energystar.gov.

EPA Helps Homeowners Cool Smartly This Summer

This summer, the EPA, along with national retailers, manufacturers and utilities, is encouraging homeowners to save energy, money, and help protect the environment by increasing the energy efficiency of their home’s cooling system. The average family spends about $1,500 a year on energy bills-about half of which goes to heat and cool the home. To locate a local retailer offering rebates, visit Special Offers and Rebates from ENERGY STAR Partners.

There are many ways homeowners can cool their homes smartly and cut their energy costs without sacrificing comfort. Consult our full list of Ten Tips for Keeping Cool Word document for further recommendations.

Additionally, homeowners should:

By following the EPA’s recommendations, homeowners can save on their energy bills and increase the comfort and indoor air quality of their homes.

ENERGY STAR Recognizes Architectural Design

EPA recently announced an expansion of the ENERGY STAR program to include energy performance in commercial building design. Architecture and engineering firms will now be able to distinguish building plans that are among the most energy efficient in the country as “Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR.”

EPA has provided this new designation in recognition of the influence that the nation’s architects can have in reducing the environmental impact of buildings. Commercial buildings alone emit about 20 percent of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions. Expanding the ENERGY STAR to cover new construction fulfills recommendations outlined in the President’s National Energy Policy.

A building design will be eligible for the new designation if the building is expected to qualify for the ENERGY STAR label once in operation. For the first time, building plans that score 75 or higher (out of 100) on EPA’s energy performance rating system, Target Finder, may display the “Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR” graphic.

Further information is available at ENERGY STAR’s New Building Design site.

More information is available online at ENERGY STAR Promotes the Design of Energy Efficient Buildings.


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