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Nov 22, 2010

This Holiday Season, Give the Gift of Savings with Energy Star

 

Release date: 11/22/2010

Contact Information: Stacy Kika (Media Inquiries Only), kika.stacy@epa.gov, 202-564-0906, 202-564-4355

 

WASHINGTON – With the help of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program, finding the perfect gift that gives more is easy. Energy Star qualified products save energy and money, and with more than 60 product categories to choose from, it is a simple way to help your friends and family give back to the environment.

The energy used in the average house is responsible for twice the greenhouse gas emissions as the average car. By using products that have earned the Energy Star label, you can cut both your energy bill and your emissions by one-third – saving money and helping to fight climate change.

Home Entertainment
Home entertainment is a popular gift choice for the holidays. You can find the Energy Star label on nearly all entertainment products from TVs and Blu-ray disc players to home-theater-in-a-box. Qualified TVs, for example, use about 40 percent less energy than standard TVs and are available in a wide range of sizes and technologies.

Office Products
Shoppers can also find the Energy Star label on office products like computers, monitors, notebooks, multifunction devices and more. An office fully equipped with Energy Star qualified products can save up to $350 over the lifetime of the products. Energy Star qualified computers and monitors come with the power management enabled to ensure you are saving the most energy and money.

Products that use Energy Star Qualified Battery Chargers
Another great gift idea is any one of the variety of products that use Energy Star qualified battery chargers, such as video game controls, digital cameras, shavers, hand vacuums, power tools, and even cordless lawn mowers. Products that use Energy Star qualified chargers use 35 percent less energy compared to those with conventional chargers. As you replace your old battery chargers, look for opportunities to recycle them because they are commonly accepted in electronics recycling programs.

Other Holiday Saving Tips

Holiday Decorating
Be sure to also look for the Energy Star label on LED decorative light strings to meet your holiday decorating needs. Qualified light strings use 75 percent less electricity than conventional incandescent light strings and are available in a variety of colors, shapes, and lengths. These Energy Star qualified light strings save energy and are more durable, shock-resistant and cooler to the touch.

Recycle Old Electronics
Don’t forget to tell those who are receiving your gifts to recycle their old electronics. Recycling electronics allows the valuable materials in electronics to be used again in new products, saving natural resources. EPA’s Plug-In To eCycling initiative has information on how to safely recycle electronics, including cell phones, computers, and TVs.

Unplug Electronics
With all of these holiday ideas, remember that unplugging electronics once they are charged as well as turning them off when they are not in use will optimize the energy savings. Plugging electronics into a power strip makes this easy — just flip the switch to power everything down at once.

More information on Energy Star products: http://www.energystar.gov/products
More information on Energy Star qualified battery charging systems http://www.energystar.gov/batterychargers
More information on Energy Star labeled stores: http://www.energystar.gov/labeledstores
More information on Plug-In To eCycling: http://www.epa.gov/wastes/partnerships/plugin/index.htm

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Posted: Nov 22, 2010 4:11pm
Nov 18, 2010

EPA Releases the 2010 Fuel Economy Trends Report/Carbon dioxide decreases as fuel economy increases

 

Release date: 11/17/2010

Contact Information: Cathy Milbourn milbourn.cathy@epa.gov 202-564-7849 202-564-4355

 

WASHINGTON - For the sixth consecutive year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is reporting a decrease in average carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and a slight increase in the average fuel efficiency for new cars and light duty trucks, according to EPA’s annual report “Light-Duty Automotive Technology, Carbon Dioxide Emissions, and Fuel Economy Trends: 1975 through 2010”.

EPA projects a small improvement in 2010, based on pre-model year sales estimates provided by automakers, to 395 grams of CO2 per mile and 22.5 miles per gallon (mpg), though there is uncertainty in these projections as they were made during the atypical automotive market in 2009. The 2010 final data will be available in next year’s report.

For 2009, the last year EPA has final data from automakers, the average CO2 emissions from new vehicles were 397 grams per mile and the average fuel economy value was 22.4 mpg.

The report confirms that average CO2 emissions have decreased and fuel economy has increased each year beginning in 2005. Average CO2 emissions have decreased by 64 grams per mile, or 14 percent, and average fuel economy has increased by 3.1 mpg, or 16 percent, since 2004. The positive trend beginning in 2005 reverses a long period of increasing CO2 emissions and decreasing fuel economy from 1987 through 2004.

The annual report provides data on the CO2 emissions, fuel economy and technology characteristics of new light-duty vehicles (cars, minivans, sport utility vehicles, and pickup trucks).

The CO2 emissions and fuel economy values reflect EPA’s best estimates of real world CO2 emissions and fuel economy performance. They are consistent with the fuel economy estimates that EPA provides on new vehicle window stickers and in the fuel economy guide. These real world fuel economy values are about 20 percent lower, on average, than those used for compliance with the corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) program.

More information on the 2010 report:
http://www.epa.gov/otaq/fetrends.htm

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Nov 15, 2010

 

MOTHER JONES

November 15, 2010

 

THIS WEEK'S CONUNDRUM

What Happens to Your Phone When You Recycle It?

MoJo staffer Jen Phillips is thrilled that her phone contract will be up in February. She's been coveting the iPhone, which will be a welcome change after two years of toting around a clunky, barely web-enabled dinosaur.

But Jen's been wondering: When you upgrade to a smart phone, what becomes of your dopey old dumb phone? And how can you make sure that its toxic innards don't leach into a landfill somewhere?

Discover your dead phone's destiny, plus a few tips on legit recycling programs, here. [READ MORE]

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Posted: Nov 15, 2010 2:34pm
Nov 12, 2010

EPA Seeks Public Comment on Best Practices for Home Energy Upgrades

 

Release date: 11/09/2010

Contact Information: Stacy Kika, kika.stacy@epa.gov, 202-564-0906, 202-564-4355

 

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing for comment today a series of best practice tools to maintain or improve indoor air quality and residents’ health when performing home energy retrofits. These protocols will help ensure home energy retrofits include appropriate health protections. This is one part of the announcement made today by Vice President Biden on federal actions designed to build a stronger home energy retrofit market, increase energy efficiency and create savings for families across the country.

EPA’s draft Healthy Indoor Environment Protocols for Home Energy Upgrades are intended for voluntary adoption by weatherization assistance programs, federally funded housing programs, private sector home performance contractors, and others working on residential retrofit or remodeling efforts of single family and multi-family low-rise residential homes. The protocols include recommended minimum specifications and best practices to be followed during and after home energy retrofits.

The protocols serve as a companion document to the Department of Energy’s Workforce Guidelines for Home Energy Upgrades. The DOE guidelines are intended to foster the growth of a skilled work force that will increase the homeowner’s confidence in the retrofit industry and increase the demand for home energy retrofits. Together, the DOE guidelines and EPA protocols will help facilitate increased home energy efficiency, improve the quality of work performed and provide healthier homes for Americans.

EPA’s draft protocols will be available for public comment for 30 days.

More information: http://www.epa.gov/iaq/homes/retrofits.html

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Posted: Nov 12, 2010 7:37am
Nov 12, 2010

DOE and EPA Release 2011 Annual Fuel Economy Guide

 

Release date: 11/03/2010

Contact Information: EPA CONTACT: Cathy Milbourn (News Media Only) Milbourn.cathy@epa.gov 202-564-7849 202-564-4355 DOE CONTACT: 202-586-4940

 

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) released the 2011 Fuel Economy Guide, providing consumers with information about estimated mileage and fuel costs for model year 2011 vehicles. Choosing a more fuel efficient vehicle in a class will save consumers money and reduce carbon pollution.

“Increasing fuel efficiency is important for our environment, our economy and our health - and it helps families save money at the pump,” EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson said. “This guide will help consumers make the right choice for the environment and for their wallets when buying a car.”

“This year’s Fuel Economy Guide will allow consumers to choose fuel efficient vehicles that will save them money at the pump, while helping to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and limiting carbon pollution,” said Energy Secretary Steven Chu. “Fuel efficient vehicles help reduce driving costs for American families while continuing to deliver the highest standards of vehicle performance.”

Fuel efficient models come in all types, classes, and sizes. The 2011 Fuel Economy Guide can help consumers easily identify the most fuel efficient vehicles that meet their needs. Overall, the best fuel economy performers are hybrids, but the 2011 fuel economy leaders also include fuel efficient clean diesels as well as gasoline models.

Each vehicle listing in the guide provides an estimated annual fuel cost. The estimate is calculated based on the vehicle’s miles per gallon (mpg) rating and national estimates for annual mileage and fuel prices. The online version of the guide allows consumers to input their local gasoline prices and typical driving habits to receive a personalized fuel cost estimate.

For the first time, the guide includes medium-duty passenger vehicles, which are generally large sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and passenger vans. These vehicles were not previously subject to fuel economy measurement and labeling requirements.

EPA and DOE will provide additional fuel economy information online as more 2011 vehicles, including electric and plug-in hybrid cars, become available.

In addition to being available on the EPA/DOE website and in automobile dealer showrooms, the Fuel Economy Guide is also readily accessible from many mobile devices (fueleconomy.gov/m).

More information, including a complete version of the guide:
http://www.fueleconomy.gov

View the 2011 fuel economy leaders within each class and the lowest fuel economy models:
http://www.epa.gov/fueleconomy/basicinformation.htm

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Posted: Nov 12, 2010 7:33am
Nov 11, 2010

EPA Issues Pollution Permitting Guidance for States/Focus is on improving energy efficiency to reduce GHG pollution from the largest industrial facilities

 

Release date: 11/10/2010

Contact Information: Cathy Milbourn Milbourn.cathy@epa.gov 202-564-7849 202-564-4355 Enesta Jones Jones.enesta@epa.gov 202-564-7873 202-564-4355

 

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making available guidance and tools to help state and local air permitting authorities identify cost-effective pollution reduction options for greenhouse gases (GHGs) under the Clean Air Act. These tools are part of EPA’s common sense approach to GHG permitting of the largest emissions sources outlined this spring in the tailoring rule. GHG pollution threatens the health and welfare of all Americans, and contributes to climate change.

“‘EPA is working closely with its partners at the state and local levels to ensure permitting for greenhouse gases runs smoothly,”‘ said Gina McCarthy, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office Air and Radiation. “‘To identify GHG reduction options, EPA and the states are now ready to apply the same time-tested process they have used for other pollutants. This shows that the Clean Air Act can be used to reduce these gases in a cost effective way.”‘

EPA recommends that permitting authorities use the best available control technology (BACT) process to look at all available emission reduction options for GHGs. After taking into account technical feasibility, cost and other economic, environmental and energy considerations, permitting authorities should narrow the options and select the best one. EPA anticipates that, in most cases, this process will show that the most cost effective way for industry to reduce GHG emissions will be through energy efficiency.

The guidance does not define or require a specific control option for a particular type of source because BACT is determined on a case-by-case basis. Instead, the guidance and resources provide the basic information that permit writers and applicants need to address GHGs. The guidance also provides examples of how permitting requirements could apply.

In January 2011, industries that are large emitters of GHGs, and are planning to build new facilities or make major modifications to existing ones, will work with permitting authorities to identify and implement BACT to minimize their GHGs. This includes the nation’s largest GHG emitters, such as power plants, refineries and cement production facilities. Emissions from small sources, such as farms and restaurants are not covered by these GHG permitting requirements.

EPA welcomes public feedback on the guidance over the next few weeks on any aspect that contains technical or calculation errors or where the guidance would benefit from additional clari
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