EPA Hands Out Energy Efficiency Honors
THE U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are honoring 143 businesses and organizations in 34 states and the District of Columbia for their commitment to saving energy, saving money, and protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements.
The highlighting of these awards seems to fly in the face of the recent political decision made by the Trump administration, which has been down playing energy saving adn efficiency. It is refreshing to see the EPA recognize the efforts of these companies.
The awards will be presented in Washington, DC, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel on April 26. Anne Pramaggiore, ComEd President and CEO, will deliver the keynote presentation. In 2015 alone, Energy Star and all of its partners saved American families and businesses $34 billion on energy bills, while helping states achieve their air quality goals.
Examples of how Energy Star Partners of the Year are taking action:
- (Los Angeles, Calif.) KB Home achieved a major milestone, surpassing a total of 100,000 Energy Star certified homes built to date, with 8,000 homes certified in 2016 alone. The company builds Energy Star certified homes in 38 markets across the nation. KB’s 100,000 Energy Star certified homes saved homeowners an estimated $30 million on their energy bills in 2016.
- (Fairfax, Va.) PEG is an engineering and environmental consulting firm that has been an active participant in the Energy Star certified homes program for more than eight years. In 2016, PEG verified more than 5,000 Energy Star certified homes, for a cumulative total of more than 65,000. In addition, PEG conducted more than 30 Energy Star building science and training sessions for more than 500 home builders and trade representatives.
- (Louisville, Ky.) Olin Brass, a leading manufacturer of copper and copper-alloy sheet, strip, foil, tube, and fabricated components, achieved more than a six-percent reduction in energy intensity over the past year for savings of one million dollars. Employees at Olin’s East Alton, Ill., Brass Mill reduced energy intensity by more than 13 percent in four years and were recognized for achieving the Energy Star Challenge for Industry.
- (New York, N.Y.) Vornado Realty Trust, one of the largest owners and managers of commercial real estate in the nation, continued to demonstrate a sophisticated and strategic approach to energy management. This approach resulted in 36 properties earning the Energy Star certification. Vornado achieved a weather-normalized site energy use reduction of 4.8 percent across its portfolio, saving $882,000 in 2016, for a total of $8.6 million in savings since 2012.
- (New Port Richey, Fla.) Welbilt, with its family of brands, continues to help food service businesses save energy and money. The Frymaster brand, which offers chefs, restaurants and other commercial kitchens highly-efficient electric fryers, introduced more than 300 new Energy Star models in 2016, each offering customers an average of $125 (or 1,100 kilowatt-hour) savings per year.
- Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence: The 97 Sustained Excellence winners have demonstrated continued leadership over several years in the Energy Star program and in achieving environmental protection through superior energy efficiency.
- Partner of the Year: Thirty-seven organizations have been awarded the Partner of the Year award for comprehensively managing their energy use, promoting Energy Star products and practices in their own operations, and providing energy-efficient products and services to their customers.
- Home Performance with Energy Star Contractor of the Year: Two of the Partner of the Year Awardees are winning at least in part for their superior efforts in promoting the Home Performance with Energy Star program, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Energy with support from EPA.
- Excellence: Nine winners are receiving recognition for demonstrating outstanding promotion of energy-efficient products, homes, or buildings.
Energy Star has 16,000 partners working to protect the environment through greater energy efficiency, including manufacturers, retailers, public schools, hospitals, real estate companies, and home builders. Since 1992, Energy Star and its partners have saved American families and businesses $430 billion on their energy bills and 4.6 trillion kilowatt-hours of energy, while achieving broad emissions reductions—including 2.8 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.
Energy Star is the simple choice for energy efficiency. For 25 years, EPA’s Energy Star program has been America’s resource for saving energy and protecting the environment.
Friday 7th April 2017