Save Energy by Doing 1 Thing ENERGY STAR

ES highres logoEver heard that saying “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step?”

This adage rings true for EPA’s ENERGY STAR program. ENERGY STAR makes it easy to take simple energy-saving steps that add up to some pretty big results. Just by switching out one bulb with an ENERGY STAR certified LED bulb, you can use 75% less energy and save $135 over the product’s lifetime.  How’s that for motivation?

That’s what this week’s launch of the “Do 1 Thing ENERGY STAR” social media campaign is all about. Each week through Facebook and Twitter, EPA will provide tips to make it easy to save energy. From washing laundry with cold water, to sealing and insulating your home, to staying in ENERGY STAR certified hotels, or even giving  ENERGY STAR labeled electronics for holiday gifts – there are tips for every budget and situation. And, the more you do, the more energy and money you will save.

Kid with hand crankENERGY STAR even encourages you to share your energy-saving ideas with others by re-posting the tips on social media with your friends and family so everyone can help contribute to a healthier planet. If we each took a few minutes every week to try something new to save energy, we could make a big difference in the fight against climate change. In fact, with the help of ENERGY STAR, American households and businesses prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to those from 50 million vehicles and saved $24 billion on their utility bills in 2012.

As with many of our environmental challenges, everyone can play a role in bringing about a healthier planet. Doing 1 Thing ENERGY STAR helps us begin the journey to a healthier world.

Janet McCabe is the Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation, having previously served as OAR’s Principal Deputy to the Assistant Administrator. Prior to joining EPA in November 2009, McCabe was Executive Director of Improving Kids’ Environment, Inc., a children’s environmental health advocacy organization based in Indianapolis, Indiana and was an adjunct faculty member at the Indiana University School of Medicine, Department of Public Health.  Ms. McCabe grew up in Washington, D.C. and graduated from Harvard College in 1980 and Harvard Law School in 1983.