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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release December 2, 1999

Energy Star(R) Fact Sheet

Energy Star(R) is a voluntary partnership among the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), product manufacturers, local utilities and retailers. Partners help promote efficient products by labeling with the Energy Star logo and educating consumers about the benefits of energy efficiency. By choosing Energy Star products, consumers can save money on their utility bills and help the environment at the same time.

Wide Range of Appliances. DOE and EPA have established the Energy Star as the national symbol for energy efficiency. This certification and labeling program began in 1993 for computers. Today, the Energy Star logo can be found on:

Real Savings, Real Environmental Benefits. Using Energy Star products saves money for consumers, reduces air pollution, and cuts emissions of greenhouse gases believed to cause global warming.

Growing Number of Partners. In 1999, private sector partners will spend about $50 million promoting Energy Star products to consumers. Numerous manufacturing, retail and utility partners help label and promote Energy Star products. They include:

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