The 2007 Energy Star Awards Are Out
In 2006 alone, thanks to the Energy Star program Americans saved $14 billion on their energy bills and avoided greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of 25 million vehicles.
The Energy Star Program has been in effect for 15 years, since 1992. It began with the EPA’s voluntary labeling program designed to identify and promote energy-efficient products to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The first products to be labeled were computers and monitors. In 1996, the EPA partnered with the DOE. Today, the Energy Star label covers office, heating and cooling equipment, major appliances, lighting, home electronics and more. It also covers new homes and commercial and industrial buildings.
Since the Energy Star Program’s inception, more than 2 billion Energy Star qualified products have been sold, and more than 725,000 new homes and 3,200 office buildings, schools, hospitals, and public buildings have earned the Energy Star label.
Some of the companies and organizations to earn Energy Star Awards this year for their outstanding accomplishments in reducing greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency are The Home Depot, PepsiCo, McDonalds, Food Lion, Ford Motor Company, Marriott International Inc., Astoria Homes and 3M.
A complete listing of Energy Star Award winners can be found at http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=pt_awards.pt_es_awards_2007