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December 14, 2005

Twenty-Six States and D.C. Join the Energy Star Challenge

More than half the states across the nation and the District of Columbia are joining with the Energy Star program to address critical energy issues at the local level in conjunction with the Energy Star Challenge. The Energy Star Challenge calls on businesses, governments, schools, and other agencies to improve their energy efficiency by 10 percent or more. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that if each building owner met this challenge, by 2015 Americans would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 20 million metric tons—equivalent to the emissions from 15 million vehicles—while saving about $10 billion. The Energy Star program is a joint effort of DOE and EPA.

Most facilities can save up to 30 percent on their energy bills each year through cost-effective energy efficiency improvements. Through the Energy Star Challenge, state governments offer a variety of programs to help building owners assess how much energy their buildings use now, establish efficiency improvement goals of 10 percent or greater, and make efficiency improvements wherever cost effective. See the EPA press release, the list of participating states (PDF 104 KB), and the Energy Star Challenge Web page. Download Adobe Reader.