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WASHINGTON, DC - Secretary of Energy Samuel W. Bodman today announced that the first Federal Energy Saving team has been deployed to a General Services Administration (GSA) facility in Jamaica, N.Y., as part of the comprehensive national energy efficiency effort being undertaken by the Bush administration.  The team, made up of energy savings experts, will assess the facility's energy usage with the goal of not only improving efficiency, but also reducing energy costs.       

"President Bush has called on all Americans to be more energy efficient.  As the largest user of energy in the United States, the federal government should take a leading role in this effort," Secretary Bodman said.  "These teams will play a key role in increasing the energy efficiency of some of our largest federal facilities."

The GSA facility is located at 158 Liberty Avenue, Jamaica, N.Y.

On October 3, 2005, Secretary Bodman kicked off the national "Easy Ways to Save Energy" campaign including a consumer outreach and education initiative, and the deployment of Energy Saving Expert Teams to large federal facilities and the top 200 energy-intensive manufacturing facilities in the United States.  To improve efficiency across the federal complex, in the coming months the Department of Energy expects to deploy 30 teams to the largest federal facilities throughout the country.

These teams will assess operational energy efficiency measures, focusing on low-cost and no-cost measures, conduct training, provide summary assessments of long-term efficiency opportunities and work with on-site personnel to develop an implementation plan. 

While these teams are specifically targeted at improving the energy efficiency of federal facilities, there are easy, inexpensive steps consumers can take to lower their energy bills this winter.  For tips and information, consumers can visit www.energysavers.gov.

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Mike Waldron, 202/586-4940