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March 02, 2004

Fifty-Seven Energy Efficiency Leaders Win Energy Star Awards

On March 2nd, DOE and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized 57 businesses and organizations as winners of the Energy Star Partner of the Year Awards. DOE and EPA sponsor these awards each year to recognize energy efficiency investments made by Energy Star partners. These investments save energy while also saving consumers money and avoiding greenhouse gas emissions. The award winners are businesses and organizations that have achieved energy efficiency in new homes and consumer products, as well as firms that have achieved excellence in energy management and in energy efficiency and environmental education.

Photo of Sylvania Compact Fluorescent Lamps.

Sylvania's line of compact fluorescent lamps helped the company earn an Energy Star Partner of the Year Award.
Credit: Osram Sylvania

Companies that earned special mention from DOE include General Electric Consumer Products, a leading manufacturer of Energy Star products; Whirlpool Corporation, which manufactured the largest number of Energy Star appliances; Osram Sylvania, for producing an innovative line of compact fluorescent lamps, 65 percent of which qualify for the Energy Star label; Gorell Enterprises, Inc., for manufacturing and marketing Energy Star windows; Maytag Corporation, for a national campaign to promote its Energy Star appliances; and Sears, Roebuck and Company, for boosting its retail sales of Energy Star appliances by 30 percent in 2003. See the DOE and EPA press releases, and see the Energy Star Web site for a complete list of winners as well as profiles of the award winners.

Last year alone, the DOE/EPA Energy Star program helped Americans save enough energy to power 20 million homes, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to that of 18 million cars and saving consumers $9 billion. More than 200,000 new homes have earned the Energy Star distinction. And on March 1st, the Energy Star program set its sights on a new target: county courthouses and office buildings. In cooperation with the National Association of Counties, the new Energy Star County Courthouse Campaign sets standards by which counties can rate the energy performance of their courthouses and office buildings and win recognition by EPA for superior energy performance. See the Energy Star Web site.