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Celebrate the Environment: Look for the Energy Star, the Gift that Keeps on Giving

Release Date: 11/20/2008
Contact Information: Enesta Jones, (202) 564-4355/ jones.enesta@epa.gov; En español: Lina Younes, (202) 564-4355/ younes.lina@epa.gov

(11/20/08) This holiday season you can give a gift that is green in more ways than one. With Energy Star labeled products, you are helping someone save money on their energy bill and protect the environment by fighting climate change.

In fact, the typical homeowner can save more than 30 percent, or about $700 on annual energy bills with Energy Star labeled products. EPA has identified a few products to keep your eye out for as you start holiday shopping:

      • Televisions. They are now up to 30 percent more energy efficient than standard models and use less energy when they are on, off or in standby.
      • Computers. They use up to 50 percent less energy than conventional models, depending on use. And, when you plug in your new computer, make sure its power-management features are enabled.
      • Rechargeable tools. Cordless hand vacuums, electric screwdrivers and universal battery chargers, on average, use 35 percent less energy than conventional models.
      • Decorative light strings. Featuring LED technology, they use 75 percent less electricity than conventional incandescent light strings, are available in a variety lengths, colors, shapes and sizes, and are much more durable and shock-resistant than other light strings.
Check http://www.epa.gov/ and http://www.energystar.gov/ to find out how you can give a gift to Mother Earth this holiday season. To see how others are being green this holiday season and to let us know what you’re doing, visit: http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2008/11/20/celebrate-the-environment-look-for-the-energy-star%c2%ae-to-give-green/