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Save energy Save expenses, Save the environment, That's the mission of the EPA's ENERGY STAR program, Started by the EPA in 1992, the ENERGY STAR program helps consumers and businesses save energy, save money, and fight global warming. Today more than 50 different kinds of products, as well as new homes and commercial and industrial buildings, can earn the ENERGY STAR label. In order to earn the ENERGY STAR label, a product, new home, or building must meet the EPA's highest standards of energy efficiency. - -- arrie 6 menta gol to. shre Manyc sad "W takou eniomna stnc seiusy an our parent 6 copay Unite Teholge Corporatonis pru pate of.th EP Clmt 66ad6. proram Corprat-wide our. ne goa istordc 6H emsin on an 6bolt basi by3 erya. This widely recognized seal of approval is an immediate source of technical information to help businesses and consumers best choose energy efficient solutions. The program has partnered with more than 9,000 private and public organizations, and as many as 35,000 product models bear the ENERGY STAR label-from laptops and water coolers to air conditioners and lightbulbs. In 2006, Americans-with the help of ENERGY STAR-saved 14 billion dollars on utility bills and reduced greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 25 million cars! Many people may not realize that the average home is responsible for twice the greenhouse gas emissions of the average car. So the choices we make at home directly impact the quality of our environment. Energy-efficient products help save energy without sacrificing features, style, or performance. Simple strategies can help a family save up to one-third on their energy bill. Here is how you can get started: When purchasingnew household products, choose those that have earned the ENERGY STAR label, as they meet the strict energy-efficiency guidelines set by the EPA and U.S. Departmentof Energy. To find qualifiedproducts, visit energystar.gov and click on Products. If seeking a new home, go green by looking for newer constructionthat has earned the ENERGY STAR label. These homes will have more effective insulation, high-performancewindows, and efficient heating and cooling systems. To learn more, visit energystar.gov and click on New Homes. When remodeling,get recommendationsfor energy saving home improvements at energystar.gov in the Home Improvement section. You can even use the ENERGY STAR Home Energy Yardstick to compareyour home's energy efficiency to similar homes across the country. For energy-savingadvicefor the entirefamily, go to energystar.gov/home to explore a virtual home room-by-room and learn easy energy saving tips for everyday living.