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$10 Billion Saved on Energy Bills

Release Date: 10/04/2005
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Contact: Enesta Jones, 202-564-4355 / jones.enesta@epa.gov

(10/4/05) EPA released a report today showing that with the help of Energy Star Americans saved about $10 billion and the amount of energy required to power about 25 million homes during peak power. The report also states Energy Star, a government-backed program helping businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency, and EPA's other voluntary programs together prevented 57 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, an increase from 48 million in 2003.

"EPA applauds our partners for their leadership and exemplary efforts to save energy and ensure a healthier, cleaner environment for all Americans," said EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson. "By harnessing the power of the marketplace and technological innovations, we are proving that environmental results and increased economic productivity indeed progress hand-in-hand."

Highlights from the report include:
Close to 12,000 homes have been improved through Home Performance with Energy Star, which continues to grow with the addition of U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) sponsored pilot programs in a number of cities.

More than 2,500 builders have constructed over 360,000 Energy Star qualified new homes, locking in financial savings for homeowners that exceed $200 million annually.

More than 1.5 billion Energy Star qualified products have been purchased.

Through EPA's Green Power Partnership, more than 500 partners have committed to purchasing more than 2 billion kWh of green power.

EPA's climate protection programs exceeded their goals for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in 2004 and are on target to provide significant greenhouse gas reductions required to meet the president's 18 percent greenhouse gas intensity improvement goal by 2012.

Partnership programs achieved significant reductions of non-carbon dioxide gases. Through the combined efforts of the methane programs, U.S. methane emissions are expected to be kept below 1990 levels through 2012.

These programs include initiatives that develop clean energy solutions, increase the capture and use of methane gas, minimize emissions of other non-carbon dioxide gases, and provide opportunities for corporate partners to develop long-term comprehensive climate change strategies. The report details the environmental and economic accomplishments of these programs and outlines goals for 2005 and beyond.

Copies of the 2004 annual report, Investing in Our Future: Energy Star and Other Voluntary Programs, are available by calling the Energy Star Hotline at 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937) or at: http://www.epa.gov/cppd