Friday AM December 12th, 2008

Christmas shoppers choosing "Energy Star" electronics and appliances can reduce future energy consumption by as much as 30 per cent a year. Ed Mayberry reports.
image of energy star logo Those are the savings calculated by an energy efficiency advocacy group quoting EPA estimates of annual energy savings. Kateria Callahan, president of the Alliance to Save Energy, says Americans can collectively save on electricity bills just by opting for television sets that meet Energy Star specifications.

"And that Energy Star label on TVs means that you're going to save 30 per cent on your energy costs when compared to a non-Energy Star-labeled television. The EPA estimates that Americans could ultimately save a billion dollars each year on their electricity bills just by opting for television sets that meet those new specifications. If Americans were to purchase and opt for those television sets with Energy Star, they could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of taking a million cars off the road every year."

Callahan says converting to Energy Star-rated appliances can lead to substantial annual savings.

"The EPA, which is the one that designates the Energy Star label, says that consumers can expect to--if they use Energy Star products--they can save about $700 a year on their annual energy bills. So it's very significant, and it's just an easy thing to do. Occasionally, you'll have to pay a little bit more money up front for that Energy Star product, but you'll quickly recover those additional costs through the energy savings."

Energy Star was introduced by the EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to encourage energy efficiency. The label can be found on over 50 different kinds of products, new homes, and commercial and industrial buildings. Ed Mayberry, KUHF Houston Public Radio News.

More information: Alliance to Save Energy, My Green Electronics, Energy Star
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Ed Mayberry

Local Anchor, All Things Considered

Ed Mayberry has worked in radio since 1971, with many of those years spent on the rock 'n' roll disc jockey side of the business...