U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Federal Energy Management Program
EPA and DOE Launch Campaign Encouraging Use of Energy Star Lights
October 12, 2005
DOE and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched the
annual "Energy Star Change a Light, Change the World Campaign" on October 5th, urging U.S. consumers to change at least one light in their home
with one that carries an Energy Star label. If every U.S. household
does that, the country will save $600 million in energy bills, save
enough energy to light 7 million homes, and prevent greenhouse gas
emissions equivalent to the emissions from 1 million cars. DOE and EPA
named October 5th as "Energy Star Change a Light Day" and were joined
by governors of 29 states, plus the governor of the Northern Mariana
Islands. See the EPA press release and the campaign's Web page.
According to a new annual report from EPA, Energy Star and other
voluntary programs reduced U.S. energy bills by nearly $10 billion in
2004, while avoiding 57 million metric tons of greenhouse gases and
saving enough energy to power 25 million homes. More than 1.5 billion
Energy Star products have been purchased, while more than 2,500
builders have constructed more than 360,000 Energy Star homes.
Starting next July, though, homes will have to meet higher energy
efficiency standards to earn the Energy Star label. See the EPA press releases on the
and the new Energy Star standards,
or download the full report (PDF 1.8 MB).
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The EPA is also taking energy savings to heart. In response to
President Bush's recent directive to all federal agencies on energy
conservation, EPA is taking immediate actions to conserve natural gas,
electricity, gasoline, and diesel fuel in all its buildings in
Washington, D.C. The EPA is adjusting the temperatures in its
buildings to an average of 68 degrees, removing unnecessary light
bulbs in some of its hallways, turning off the historic fountains in
the courtyard areas, and limiting the courtyard lighting at night and
turning it off during the day. See the EPA press release.