WASHINGTON - Public awareness of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Energy Star® label has jumped to 68 percent of U.S. households, according to a recent nationwide survey. In many major markets, where local utilities and other organizations use Energy Star to promote energy efficiency to customers, public awareness averages 76 percent.

“We are thrilled that awareness of Energy Star continues to grow,” said Bill Wehrum, acting assistant administrator for the EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. “More than ever, Americans are making a clear choice to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

The report, “National Awareness of Energy Star for 2006,” analyzes a survey commissioned by the Consortium for Energy Efficiency, a nonprofit organization that promotes the manufacture and purchase of energy-efficient products and services.

According to the survey, more than 60 percent of households reported being favorably influenced by the Energy Star label; more than 30 percent of U.S. households knowingly purchased a qualifying product or appliance in the past year; and more than 70 percent of these households said they are likely to recommend Energy Star products to their friends (29 percent said they are “extremely likely” to make that recommendation).

For more information, visit www.energystar.gov.

Publication date:06/11/2007