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July 2003 ENERGY STAR Online Newsletter

Beat the Heat with ENERGY STAR Qualified Cooling Equipment

Americans are melting this summer and families are torn: blast air conditioners and get burned by high energy bills, or turn up the thermostat and sweat out the summer?

Many homeowners don’t realize there are other options. The average family spends about $1,300 a year on energy bills-about half of this cost goes to heat and cool the home. By following the EPA’s recommendations, homeowners can save on their energy bills and increase the comfort and indoor air quality of their homes.

If you’re considering replacing old equipment, look for the ENERGY STAR label. If sized and installed correctly, and supported by a properly sealed duct system, ENERGY STAR qualified central air conditioners, geothermal heat pumps, and air-source heat pumps can save you up to 20 percent on annual energy bills since they use 20 to 40 percent less energy than new conventional models. Programmable thermostats that have earned the ENERGY STAR allow you to pre-program up to four settings to consistently control your home’s temperature on weekdays and weekends, saving you approximately $100 a year in energy costs — while simplifying your life.

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.

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Red, White, Blue… and Green: ENERGY STAR Benefits America

The quality of our environment is everyone’s responsibility. EPA, through ENERGY STAR, helps American businesses and families protect the environment through superior energy efficiency, as well as save on energy costs. When we use less energy, greenhouse gas emissions decrease and the quality of our air improves.

Americans with the help of ENERGY STAR helped Americans save 7 billion dollars and saved enough energy to power 15 million homes, and for the environment this means avoiding greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to that of 14 million cars.

For businesses, a strategic approach to energy management can produce twice the energy and cost savings as typical approaches. In the home, energy-efficient choices can save families about a third on their energy bill without sacrificing features, style or comfort. By looking for the ENERGY STAR on products and new homes, and by using ENERGY STAR home improvement tools, you can reduce your energy bill and help protect the environment.

College Students Head Back to School with ENERGY STAR

College students can change the world before they even set foot in their first class by choosing to equip their dorm rooms with lighting, office equipment, home electronics, and compact refrigerators that have earned the ENERGY STAR. The average dorm room can save about $130 per year when equipped with ENERGY STAR qualified products.

ENERGY STAR qualified products are made by students’ favorite manufacturers and function the same as or better than standard models - so, there’s no sacrifice in feature, style or performance. In fact, these products are featured on the shelves of retailers across the U.S.

Colleges and universities are introducing students to energy efficiency through ENERGY STAR Showcase Dorm Rooms. Tulane University led the way by unveiling the first ENERGY STAR Showcase Dorm Room. If every one of the 1,708 Tulane dorm rooms used ENERGY STAR qualified products, the University would save over $200,000.

Excited by Tulane’s success, several ENERGY STAR partners are sponsoring their own showcase dorm rooms and offices: Ohio University, Duke University, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and Michigan State University.

To learn what other colleges and universities are doing to save energy with ENERGY STAR, visit EPA online.