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April 23, 2008

EPA Launches "Save the World, Start with Energy Star"

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) marked Earth Day by launching a new campaign, called "Save the World, Start with Energy Star." The new campaign builds on the success of the Energy Star Change a Light campaign by providing a set of steps people can take to save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In addition to replacing at least one light in the home with an Energy Star-qualified compact fluorescent lamp, the new Energy Star pledge also encourages consumers to make their home heating and cooling systems work more efficiently; make sure their homes are well sealed and insulated; enable the power management features on their home computers and monitors; and choose the Energy Star when replacing or purchasing new appliances. Energy Star is a joint program of DOE and the EPA. See the EPA press release and take the pledge on the Energy Star Web site.

The EPA also signed new agreements on April 21 with manufacturers and information technology companies to promote energy efficiency. The EPA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) to help improve the energy efficiency of manufacturers. Under the agreement, NAM will challenge its member companies to reduce their energy use by 10% or more. NAM signed a similar MOU with DOE last year. The EPA also signed an MOU with The Green Grid, a global consortium of companies dedicated to advancing energy efficiency in data centers and business computing systems. Under that MOU, the EPA and The Green Grid will optimize the energy efficiency of an existing EPA data center, and will then find ways to standardize the processes and performance measures developed there so that others can benefit from their experience. See the EPA press releases on the agreements with NAM and The Green Grid.