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Energy Star Big Part of Climate Change Solutions

Release Date: 06/13/2007
Contact Information: Enesta Jones, (202) 564-4355 / jones.enesta@epa.gov

(Washington, D.C. - June 13, 2007) EPA is launching a new public service announcement promoting Energy Star as an important part of the solution to climate change. The agency debuted the 30-second TV spot of the campaign today at the Energy Efficiency Forum in Washington. This spot features ordinary individuals who represent the growing number of Americans who are turning to Energy Star to help save energy and money while protecting the climate for future generations.

"Looking for the Energy Star label is an easy thing consumers can do to make a difference," said Bob Meyers, EPA's acting assistant administrator for Air and Radiation. "Energy Star assures consumers that products are energy efficient, cost effective, and deliver the product features and quality consumers want."

In 2006 alone, Americans, with the help of Energy Star, saved $14 billion in energy costs and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 25 million vehicles. The savings from Energy Star are expected to double in the coming years.

Consumers can look for the government's Energy Star on more than 50 different kinds of products in the marketplace including consumer electronics (DVDs, TVs), office equipment (computers, monitors and printers), heating and cooling equipment (furnaces, boilers, air conditioners) and lighting. New homes can also earn the Energy Star

EPA started the Energy Star program in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency. Today more than 9,000 organizations participate in the Energy Star program, offering businesses and consumers energy efficient solutions to save energy, money and protect the environment for future generations.

The new Energy Star television public service announcement will be distributed nationally and will become part of a larger campaign that also includes print public service announcements.

For more information: http://energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=promotions.pt_psa

Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy designed to save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.

Energy Star: http://www.energystar.gov

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: epa.gov

U.S. Department of Energy: http://www.energy.gov