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Winter 2004 ENERGY STAR News

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This edition of the U.S. Environmental Protection AgencyENERGY STAR’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR newsletter provides you with timely story ideas to both educate and activate your readers. Focusing on the annual ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Awards, this issue celebrates the environmental commitment of AmericaENERGY STAR’s retailers, manufacturers and utilities. Last year alone, ENERGY STAR helped Americans save enough energy to power 20 million homes, reducing greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to that of 18 million cars - all while saving an incredible $8 billion.

2004 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award Winners Announced

On Tuesday, March 2, EPA and the Department of Energy recognized 57 businesses and organizations for their outstanding contributions to environmental protection and energy efficiency at the 2004 ENERGY STAR Awards. These annual awards recognize superior efforts made by ENERGY STAR partners that saved Americans money while protecting the environment. Honorees are selected from the more than 8,000 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.

ENERGY STAR honored the environmental management of such organizations as Lowe’s Companies, Inc., General Electric Consumer Products (GE) and Food Lion, LLC for their excellence and voluntary leadership this year. Lowe’s, a popular home improvement and do-it-yourself center, has educated its shoppers nationwide on the availability of energy efficient choices for the home. As Retail Partner of the Year, Lowe’s Exit ENERGY STAR successfully integrated ENERGY STAR into marketing practices through national television advertisements which reached nearly 156 million viewers in more than 90 markets in 2003. Through in-store signage featuring the benefits of energy efficiency, Lowe’s reached more than 9 million customers per week across all 925 stores.

As a leading manufacturer of high-efficiency household appliances and lighting products, GE was honored by ENERGY STAR as Manufacturer Partner of the Year. In 2003 GE Exit ENERGY STAR aggressively invested in the manufacturing of new ENERGY STAR qualified products by increasing the availability of energy saving dishwashers, washers, dehumidifiers and room air-conditioners. By introducing a number of ENERGY STAR qualifying lighting products, GE increased the sales compact fluorescent light bulbs by more than 95 percent.

Food Lion Exit ENERGY STAR, which operates more than 1,200 stores and serves as one of the largest grocers in the United States, earned the ENERGY STAR award in sustained energy management by nearly quadrupling the size of its energy management department over the past three years. In 2003, Food Lion earned the ENERGY STAR in 100 stores through the EPA’s energy performance rating system which recognizes top performing buildings. Food Lion’s energy management program has been recognized three years in a row by ENERGY STAR.

ENERGY STAR presented awards to businesses and organizations in categories ranging from excellence in energy efficiency and environmental education to outstanding contributions in efficient homes and business outreach. EPA also commended national product campaigns and offers recognition to both small and large businesses including school districts.

For more information, including a complete listing of award winners, or to schedule an interview please contact (202) 343-9451.

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ENERGY STAR Rating Earned by Nearly 1,400 Buildings

As of January 1, 2004 close to 1,400 of the nation’s most energy efficient buildings, representing about 325 million square feet, have earned EPA’s ENERGY STAR designation for superior energy performance. Supermarkets, hospitals and hotels account for 221 of the labeled buildings, in addition to 791 offices and 375 public schools.

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Consumer Survey Reveals More Americans Look for ENERGY STAR

According to a recent nationwide survey, public awareness of ENERGY STAR has jumped to 56 percent of U.S. households, an increase of 15 percent over prior years. 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 67 percent.

Other results from the survey include: one in five households selected an ENERGY STAR qualifying product in the past year, more than 50 percent of these households reported being favorably influenced by ENERGY STAR, and more than 60 percent of these households reported they are likely to recommend ENERGY STAR products to their friends.