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WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) honored 50 companies, organizations and government entities that have helped to significantly reduce greenhouse gases while improving energy efficiency at an awards ceremony at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C. last night (March 15, 2005).  The award winners have cumulatively saved consumers $10 billion in energy costs over the past year alone.

"A key part of the President's comprehensive energy plan is conservation," said Secretary of Energy Samuel W. Bodman.  "These outstanding leaders' innovative approach to conservation has helped to dramatically improve America's energy security."

ENERGY STAR® began in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce air pollution through increased energy efficiency.   Today, DOE, in partnership with EPA, offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy and money while helping to protect the environment for future generations.   More than 7,000 organizations have become ENERGY STAR® partners which are committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes and businesses.

"The Department of Energy is proud to champion programs like ENERGY STAR® that target the things Americans use everyday, saving energy costs today and promoting energy security," said David K. Garman, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

Last year alone, Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR®, saved enough energy to power 20 million homes, reducing greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to that of 20 million cars -- all while saving consumers an incredible $10 billion.  Additionally, more than 360,000 new homes have earned the ENERGY STAR® distinction, and more than 15,000 office buildings, schools, supermarkets and hotels have benchmarked their energy performance as a basis for future progress.  All this was accomplished without sacrificing quality, features or personal comfort.

The ENERGY STAR® Award Winners and their categories are:

Excellence in Efficient Homes

  • Astoria Homes (Las Vegas, Nev.)
  • Cambridge Homes (Altamonte Springs, Fla.)
  • D.R. Horton Inc.- Sacramento Division (Forth Worth, Texas)
  • David Powers Homes (Houston, Texas)
  • Ence Homes (St. George, Utah)
  • Energy Sense (Houston, Texas)
  • Guaranteed Watt Saver Systems- West Inc. (Oklahoma City, Okla.)
  • Nevada ENERGY STAR® Partners (Las Vegas, Nev.)
  • Pardee Homes (Los Angeles, Calif.)
  • Veridian Homes (Madison, Wisc.)

Excellence in Energy Management

  • 3M (St.Paul, Minn.)
  • Avista Advantage (Spokane, Wash.)
  • California Portland Company (Glendora, Calif.)
  • Colorado Springs School District 11 (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
  • Eastman Kodak Company (Rochester, N.Y.)
  • Food Lion, LLC (Salisbury, N.C.)
  • Giant Eagle Inc. (Pittsburgh, Pa)
  • Marriot International Inc. (Washington, D.C.)
  • New York-Presbyterian Hospital (New York, N.Y.)
  • NSTAR Electric (Boston, Mass.)
  • The Saunders Hotel Group (Boston, Mass.)
  • Servidyne Systems, LLC (Atlanta, Ga.)
  • Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America Inc. (Erlanger, Ky.)
  • Transwestern Commercial Services (Houston, Texas)
  • USAA Real Estate Company (San Antonio, Texas)

Excellence in Efficient Products

  • Canon U.S.A. Inc. (Lake Success, N.Y.)
  • GE Consumer and Industrial (Louisville, Ky.)
  • Gorell Enterprises Inc. (Indiana, Pa.)
  • Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, Texas)
  • Lowe's Companies Inc. (Mooresville, N.C.)
  • Maytag Corporation (Newton, Iowa)
  • Panasonic (Secaucus, N.J.)
  • Sea Gull Lighting Products Inc. (Riverside, N.J.)
  • Sears, Roebuck and Co. (Hoffman Estates, Ill.)
  • SYLVANIA (Danvers, Mass.)
  • The Home Depot (Atlanta, Ga.)
  • Whirlpool Corporation (Benton Harbor, Mich.)
  • Wisconsin Focus on Energy (Madison, Wisc.)

Excellence in Energy Efficiency and Environmental Education

  • Austin Energy (Austin, Texas)
  • The California Investor-Owned Utility Companies
  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company (San Francisco, Calif.)
  • San Diego Gas and Electric (San Diego, Calif.)
  • Southern California Edison (Rosemead, Calif.)
  • Southern California Gas Company (Los Angeles, Calif.)
  • CenterPoint Energy (Houston, Texas)
  • Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. and the Maryland Energy Administration (Annapolis, Md.)
  • MidAmerican Energy Company (Des Moines, Iowa)
  • Office of Clean Energy, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (Newark, N.J.)
  • Northeast ENERGY STAR® Lighting and Appliance Initiative (Lexington, Mass.)
  • TXU Electric Delivery (Dallas, Texas)
  • Wisconsin Focus on Energy (Madison, Wisc.)

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1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).

Media contact:  Chris Kielich, 202/586-5806