U.S. EPA, DOE Honor Energy Star Partners of the Year

U.S. EPA, DOE Honor Energy Star Partners of the Year

What do a snack food company, a car manufacturer, a building supplier, and a hotel chain have in common? They are among the 67 businesses, groups, and government entities honored this year for their accomplishments and leadership in the U.S. government's Energy Star program. Organizations recognized have achieved major energy savings and/or are helping consumers save money while reducing energy needs in an environmentally friendly manner.

The awards were handed out Tuesday night in Washington, D.C., by U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Samuel W. Bodman and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Stephen L. Johnson.

"From potato chips to post-it notes, our Energy Star award winners are proving that saving energy dollars just makes sense," said EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson. "President Bush and EPA are improving the nation's energy and environmental outlook - providing the next generation a brighter, healthier future."

Energy Star Partners of the Year, including Fortune 500 companies and small businesses, set and reached annual goals to shrink energy use. For example, a retailer reduced energy use by 25% in more than 1,200 of its stores and a property management firm improved energy efficiency over 22 million square feet, saving more than $2 million annually.

Over the past year Energy Star, with its industry partners, saved enough energy to power 28 million homes and reduced greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to that of 23 million cars, all while saving $12 billion on their energy bills. More than 500,000 new homes have earned the Energy Star distinction and more than 26,000 office buildings, schools, supermarkets and hotels have benchmarked their energy use.

"The Energy Star program represents the very best in energy efficiency," Energy Secretary Samuel W. Bodman said. "We commend our partners for their accomplishments and we look forward to the continued success and development of energy-efficient, Energy Star products."

Energy Star top award winners include:
  • Whirlpool Corporation: Sustained Excellence Award - Appliances
  • GE Consumer & Industrial: Sustained Excellence Award - Appliances and Lighting
  • Osram Sylvania: Sustained Excellence Award - Lighting
  • Gorell Windows and Doors: Sustained Excellence Award - Windows
  • Precision Entry Inc: Partner of the Year - Doors
  • The Home Depot: Partner of the Year – Retail
  • Maytag Corporation: Excellence in Energy Star Outreach
  • Lowe's Corporation: Excellence in Energy Star Outreach
  • Sears, Roebuck and Co.: Excellence in Energy Star Outreach
  • Sierra Pacific Power Co.: Nevada Power Co. Excellence in Energy Star Outreach
A complete list of award winners is available on the Energy Star Web site.

Energy Star was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Now the DOE and EPA work with more than 8,000 organizations to improve the energy efficiency of products, homes, and businesses.