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February 2003 ENERGY STAR Newsletter

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EPA Administrator Whitman Across America for ENERGY STAR

This fall, EPA Administrator Christie Whitman traveled across America, challenging citizens to include the environment on their shopping list by choosing products that have earned the ENERGY STAR. She traveled to New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, the District of Columbia, Atlanta, Orlando, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles and Puerto Rico to discuss the importance of energy-efficient consumer electronics and appliances.

In each city, Administrator Whitman met with consumers and media, pointing out that ENERGY STAR qualified products cost about the same as conventional models, but use substantially less energy. She also noted that when just one in ten homes uses appliances that have earned the ENERGY STAR, the change to our atmosphere will be like planting 1.7 million new acres of trees.

In Puerto Rico, Administrator Whitman and San Juan Mayor Jorge Santini signed a Memorandum of Understanding, recognizing the importance of protecting the environment with the help of ENERGY STAR.

Administrator Whitman visited local retailers such as Sears and Radio Shack stores in each location, highlighting a few of the newest ENERGY STAR qualified consumer electronics products available. If you would like to find a Sears, Radio Shack or other retailer featuring ENERGY STAR labeled products near you, click here.

Helping Businesses Reduce Energy and Increase Their Bottom Line

By using software tools provided by EPA, organizations are activating monitor power management features on computers in their offices all at once and saving money and energy. Although the savings are astounding, many companies and organizations may not be aware of the program’s benefits. EPA estimates that 45 percent of the nation’s computers are not enabled for monitor power management, costing U.S. businesses and organizations an estimated $900 million a year.

Power management allows computer monitors to enter a low power “sleep” mode after a specified period of inactivity, saving on average $10-$30 per computer in energy costs. Sleeping monitors awaken in seconds when the keyboard is touched or the mouse is moved.

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

  • Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government — The higher education institution implemented the EZ Save network management tool to activate power management on its network of 800 computers and anticipates saving $16,000 annually in energy costs.
  • Cisco Systems — The California-based company worked closely with ENERGY STAR IT experts who helped it activate monitor power management on 50,000 computer monitors using the company’s own network tools. Cisco Systems expects to save close to $1,000,000 yearly on energy costs with the program.