Global climate change is a pressing national and international environmental problem. Addressing this challenge calls for both near- and long-term, proven, cost-effective solutions to reduce overall emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) and remove the barriers that hinder investment in low-cost energy efficiency and clean energy supply options. Consistent with the President’s 2013 Climate Action Plan, the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) climate protection partnership programs continue to implement a comprehensive set of policies and programs that complement regulatory efforts, successfully achieving outstanding environmental and financial benefits, as they have done for the last 20 years.
HIGHLIGHTS OF 2012
Promoting Energy Efficiency Through ENERGY STAR®
Since 1992, the ENERGY STAR® program has served as a trusted source for voluntary standards and unbiased information to help consumers and organizations across the country adopt energy-efficient products and practices as cost-effective strategies for reducing GHG emissions and
protecting our climate. Through ENERGY STAR, EPA continues to promote energy efficiency across the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors. In 2012, EPA’s ENERGY STAR efforts helped Americans:
- Save more than 337 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh)—over 5 percent of U.S. electricity demand.
- Prevent more than 254 million metric tons of GHGs—equivalent to the annual electricity use of 35 million homes.
- Save more than $26 billion on their energy bills.
- These benefits have more than quadrupled since 2000.