The Environmental Protection Agency presents Team ENERGY STAR, an initiative to get kids and families on board to help protect the climate through easy-to-implement, money-saving actions and provides them an outlet for sharing their passion for preserving our environment. To help with this, ENERGY STAR has partnered with PTO Today and LG Electronics USA, and brought in the heroic characters from the new movie EPIC to help kids learn about the importance of saving energy while having fun at the same time.
Here’s how it works: Families can go to energystar.gov/team. There they can sign up and take a pledge for energy efficiency. Team ENERGY STAR will give them plenty of practical energy saving ideas right there on the pledge page. The first 250 families to pledge will receive a free DVD of EPIC the movie!
At the site they can download EPIC-themed educational activities and games on saving energy and protecting the climate. After submitting their pledge, families can enter the “Most EPIC Player” contest by sharing the site through Facebook or Twitter. The 25 entrants who get the most likes and/or retweets will win prizes from LG: computer monitors, TVs, smart phones and MP3 docking stations.
The top 5 winners will get featured on LG’s NYC Times Square billboard!
Change the World, Start with ENERGY STAR
Team ENERGY STAR is part of the Change the World, Start with ENERGY STAR campaign. This multi-year campaign was developed to engage Americans of all ages in saving energy, money and protecting the environment with ENERGY STAR. Millions of people are getting involved, joining their neighbors in this grassroots movement to help protect the climate by saving energy. Visit energystar.gov/changetheworld and see how people and organizations all over are making a difference with ENERGY STAR by viewing EPA’s ENERGY STARs Across America map.
Attend an event in your area to learn ways to take control of your energy bills while contributing to a cleaner environment. You can also take the ENERGY STAR Pledge at energystar.gov/pledge and join 3.2 million other Americans who are taking action to protect the climate. If every American household took part in the Change the World, Start with ENERGY STAR Pledge, we would save more than 130 billion KWh/yr of electricity, save $23 billion in annual energy costs, and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions from 21 million cars.
What is ENERGY STAR?
ENERGY STAR is a program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency helping us save money and protect the environment through energy-efficient products and practices. ENERGY STAR has nearly 20,000 partners committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes, buildings and businesses, and the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 65 product categories. In 2012 alone, Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved enough energy to avoid greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 50 million cars — all while saving $24 billion on their utility bills.
Making energy-efficient choices at home can save families about a third on their energy bills without sacrificing features, style or comfort.
- When purchasing new household electronics and appliances, look for ones that have earned the ENERGY STAR. The ENERGY STAR label is the trusted symbol of superior energy efficiency.
- If looking for a new home, consider one that has earned the ENERGY STAR. ENERGY STAR certified new homes are designed and built to standards well above most other homes on the market today, delivering energy efficiency savings of up to 30 percent when compared to typical new homes.
- If looking to make improvements to your home, EPA offers tools and resources to help you plan and undertake projects to reduce your energy bills and improve your home’s comfort.
- Energy-efficient practices are important too. Teaching the whole family to take small steps at home to save energy—like turning off the lights when you leave the room, unplugging chargers from the wall when devices are finished charging, programming your thermostat to save energy when you’re away, changing out incandescent light bulbs to ENERGY STAR certified ones—add up to big energy savings.
Why is saving energy important?
About 70 percent of the electricity we use comes from power plants burning fossil fuels. Burning fossil fuels causes greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change – a real and urgent challenge affecting people and the environment worldwide. Using energy-efficient products and practices reduces the amount of carbon pollution added to the atmosphere and can lessen the effects of climate change.
Why is protecting the climate important?
Climate change is a real and urgent challenge affecting people and the environment worldwide.
Human activities such as electricity production and transportation add significant amounts of carbon pollution to the atmosphere. This carbon pollution, along with other greenhouse gases, is the primary cause of most of the global temperature rise observed over the past 50 years.
Global warming has already led to rising sea levels, melting glaciers, and shifting rainfall patterns, among other changes. Unchecked carbon pollution can lead to long-lasting changes in our climate that threaten human health, society, and ecosystems. To learn more about climate change and what you can do to reduce its impacts, visit epa.gov/climatechange.
How can climate change impact our health?
The Earth’s climate is changing in ways that can have serious consequences for public health. Climate change will likely increase the number of people suffering from illness and injury due to more pollution, extreme heat, floods, storms, droughts and fires as well as allergies and infectious disease. The elderly, the very young, the disabled, and the poor alone are especially vulnerable, as are people with heart disease or asthma. Climate change is also expected to cause more severe allergy symptoms because a warmer climate promotes the growth of molds, weeds, grasses and trees that cause allergic reactions.
What standards are used for products to earn the ENERGY STAR?
Products that have earned the ENERGY STAR meet strict guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Energy savings are independently certified based on testing performed by EPA recognized laboratories and subject to ongoing verification testing. Third-party certification ensures that ENERGY STAR remains the trusted symbol of superior energy efficiency.
What’s the impact of ENERGY STAR?
Over the past 20 years, Americans with help from ENERGY STAR have saved over $230 billion on utility bills, preventing more than 1.8 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.
- The average house is responsible for more than 20,000 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions per year, about twice as much as the average car.
- Electricity demand for U.S. homes is expected to climb by as much as 22 percent by 2035.
- The typical household spends more than $2,000 per year on energy bills. With ENERGY STAR, you can save over one-third, or more than $760 on your household energy bills.
- If every American household took the actions found in the ENERGY STAR Pledge, we would save more than130 billion KWh/year of electricity and save $23 billion in annual energy costs. We would prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions from 21 million cars.
- In 2012 EPA celebrated the 20th anniversary of the ENERGY STAR program. For two decades, ENERGY STAR has helped millions of Americans and thousands of businesses save energy, save money and protect the climate.
Today, ENERGY STAR is one of the most well-known brands in the country, with 85% of Americans recognizing it as the symbol of superior energy efficiency.