U.S. EPA: Be an Energy Star

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Last week, the U.S. EPA launched the “Be an Energy Star” video challenge, urging Americans to document the energy-efficient actions in their homes, offices and schools.

Videos will be posted on the Energy Star website where the public can vote on their favorites; you can also enter a video there. The winners will be showcased during Energy Awareness month in October.

Even if you’re camera shy, you can still pledge to save energy. The EPA also debuted the “Change the World, Start with Energy Star” pledge, which involves making commitments to add more energy efficient lighting, properly insulate your home and use power management on home electronics.

Since the Energy Star label began in 1992, more than 2.7 million Americans have then the Energy Star pledge. The EPA estimates this means there was reduction of more than 8 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions and a savings of $18 billion on consumer electric bills. Not too shabby.

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