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

June 30, 2004

Energy Star Campaign Encourages Energy Saving at Home

The Energy Star program, a joint effort of DOE and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, launched a new multi-year campaign in mid-June to encourage people to save energy in their homes. The campaign lists five easy steps for saving energy: changing your five most-used lights with lights that carry the Energy Star label, buying appliances and other products labeled with the Energy Star, being energy-efficient when heating and cooling your home, sealing and insulating your home, and spreading the word to your friends and family. The campaign features public service announcements on television and radio and in the print media. See the Energy Star campaign Web page, which includes links to the EPA press release, an Energy Star Action Guide, and the public service announcements for television.

The new campaign notes that the average home is responsible for twice the greenhouse gas emissions of a typical car, and delivers the message in a humorous way by contrasting simple efforts in the home with zany homegrown methods to save fuel in a car. Of course, there are number of practical, accepted ways to reduce the fuel you use when driving, including buying cars that achieve high fuel economies, buying a car that runs on alternative fuel, or modifying your car to allow it to run on an alternative fuel. For more information, see the DOE/EPA Web site for fuel economy,