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November 26, 2008

Holiday Advisory: "Buy Green to Save Green"

By Stefania Viscusi, Assignment Desk Editor

There's no doubt that current economic conditions have some holiday shoppers worried about how to keep their spending in control and still buy something for everyone on their list.
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is reminding shoppers that to save money when shopping they should be looking for products that are marked with the ENERGY STAR logo.

A joint program between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, an ENERGY STAR (News - Alert) logo certifies that products meet strict efficiency guidelines they have set up.
The savings in energy costs achieved through ENERGY STAR products will allow consumers to also save on their electric bills throughout the winter. These savings are especially valuable with the current tightening economy and can amount to about $700 annually according to Doug Johnson, CEA'S Senior Director of Technology Policy.
According to the ENERGY STAR Web site, Americans saved enough energy in 2007 alone using certified products to "avoid greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 27 million cars - all while saving $16 billion on their utility bills."
Popular electronics purchased during the holidays include, televisions, computers and audio products. ENERGY Star versions of these electronics can save consumers a significant amount of energy.
An ENERGY STAR approved computer monitor, for example, can save consumers over 60 percent in energy when compared to standard monitors.
"The ENERGY STAR certification has become primary consideration for consumers looking to shrink electricity bills and cut costs in a tightening economy," said Johnson.
TV purchases which are expected to rise along with the DTV transition can also save users up to 30 percent over standard units if they are ENERGY STAR approved.
"The picture quality will be just as good as other digital TVs while using less energy in both the on and off modes and creating less pollution and greenhouse gas emissions," said Kateri Callahan, president of the Alliance to Save Energy.

This group promotes energy efficiency worldwide for "a healthier economy, a cleaner environment, and greater energy security."
Earlier this month, The Alliance met with President-Elect Barack Obama urging him to follow through with his campaign promises for building a sustainable energy future for America. The Alliance notes his "New Energy for America" plan will be key to helping reduce U.S. oil dependence, creating new jobs, and curbing climate change.
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Stefania Viscusi is an assignment editor for TMCnet, covering VoIP, CRM, call center and wireless technologies. To read more of Stefania’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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