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April 15, 2003

Energy Star Awards Honor Energy Efficiency Leaders

DOE and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presented the 2003 Energy Star Partner of the Year awards on April 15th. The awards highlight the efforts of leading manufacturers, retailers, utility companies, and a variety of state and regional programs that promote energy efficiency and awareness of the Energy Star label.

Leading product manufacturers won Partner of the Year awards in three categories: lighting, appliances, and windows. For lighting, Sylvania won for its large product line of Energy Star-qualified lighting, which experienced an 85 percent growth in sales in 2002. For appliances, Maytag Corporation won for its large and diverse product line of Energy Star-qualified appliances. In 2002, the company introduced new models of Energy Star-qualified appliances in every product category, including a new line of dishwashers. For windows, JELD-WEN Inc. won for its aggressive promotion of the Energy Star label. Eighty percent of the company's windows and doors carry the Energy Star label. See the DOE press release.

In addition to these top awards, DOE and EPA awarded Partner of the Year awards to 36 other organizations that have been instrumental in promoting energy efficiency and the Energy Star label. See the EPA press release. The full list is posted on the Energy Star Web site (PDF 30 KB). Download Acrobat Reader.

Energy Star was created in 1992 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to promote energy-efficient computers. DOE formed a partnership with EPA in 1996 to expand the scope of the Energy Star labeling program to include highly efficient appliances, residential windows, doors and skylights, compact fluorescent bulbs and fixtures, consumer electronics, heating and air conditioning systems, homes, and more. Today, more than 7,000 organizations have become Energy Star partners and are committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes and businesses. See the Energy Star Web site.

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