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Posted Oct 02 2008 4:21pm

Did you know that a home can cause more air pollution than a typical car? There’s a way that you can help reduce this air pollution and save money at the same time—ENERGY STAR. ENERGY STAR is the symbol for energy efficiency. Products that earn the ENERGY STAR prevent air pollution by meeting strict energy efficiency requirements set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. More than 35 products have earned the ENERGY STAR, from home appliances and heating and cooling equipment, to lighting and consumer electronics. ENERGY STAR products save energy and money without sacrificing performance.

The average U.S. household spends $1400 each year on their energy bills. By choosing ENERGY STAR qualified products, you can cut this by up to 30%, saving about $400 each year, and the benefits of ENERGY STAR go beyond dollar savings—by reducing energy use you also reduce air pollution. The less energy we use, the less we generate, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions that cause environmental problems like ozone action days and acid rain and improves the quality of our air. To date, American consumers have purchased more than 1 billion ENERGY STAR qualified products, and through all their ENERGY STAR efforts have saved $50 billion in energy costs and prevented more than 150 million metric tons of air pollution.

So make your next product purchase ENERGY STAR or go to to see what other energy efficiency measures you can take to save energy, save money and do you part for the environment.

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