This is an excerpt from EERE Network News, a weekly electronic newsletter.

October 09, 2002

Energy Star Program Earns Award and Gains Visibility with New Campaign

Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham and Christie Whitman, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), accepted the Charles H. Percy Award for Distinguished Public Service on October 9th on behalf of the DOE/EPA Energy Star program. The Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) presents the award to federal government programs for their outstanding contributions to the advancement of energy efficiency. ASE is a coalition of prominent business, government, environmental, and consumer leaders that promotes energy efficiency worldwide.

Energy Star is a voluntary program that strives to increase consumer awareness, interest, and desire for energy efficient products. To help consumers easily identify energy efficient products, the program confers the Energy Star label on appliances and electronic equipment that significantly exceed the minimum national efficiency standards. Energy Star works with more than 7,000 partners to improve the energy efficiency of products, homes and commercial buildings and schools. See the DOE press release and the EPA press release.

From now through the end of the year, the EPA's "Change a Light, Change the World" campaign challenges all Americans to install at least one Energy Star-labeled light bulb or fixture in their homes. To encourage Americans to do so, EPA is partnering with more than 140 manufacturers, retailers, state governments and utilities throughout the United States to make finding and buying energy efficient lighting easier. Major retail chains and regional utility companies will provide special offers and rebates to help you save on compact fluorescent light bulbs, fixtures and ceiling fans with lighting. Nationwide promotions and in-store lighting workshops will be held through a national home improvement chain. Local events where customers can exchange older technology halogen floor lamps for discounts on more energy-efficient ones will also take place. See the EPA press release.

One participant in the EPA campaign is the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEAA), which has teamed up with Westinghouse and Ace Hardware to offer instant $6 rebates on two-packs of 15-watt compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs. That allows consumers in parts of Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, and Ohio to purchase a CFL two-pack for just 99 cents! See the MEAA Web site.

For more information on the campaign, and to find offers in your area, see the Energy Star Web site.