When it comes to money savings and protecting the environment, one of the most widely-recognized names and logos would be ENERGY STAR. It is seen on appliances, computers, monitors, heating and air units, and much more. The program, jointly started in 1992 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy, provides consumers with energy information on products and the savings they can expect.
As an ENERGY STAR partner, ADECA’s Energy Division works to educate consumers in our state about the benefits of choosing ENERGY STAR products, and to promote the use of those products and practices.
If you have a few minutes and your last 12 months of utility bills, you can utilize the ENERGY STAR Home Energy Yardstick (HAY) to compare your home’s energy efficiency to similar homes across the country and get recommendations for energy-saving home improvements.
Supply your zip code and basic fuel use information about your home and the ENERGY STAR Home Advisor will provide recommended home improvement projects to increase energy efficiency and comfort in the area where you live.
The Energy Education Program works with educators and students to provide resources and opportunities for science and energy education in Alabama. The emphasis of the program is to provide K-12 students with energy conservation measures that can be used in and out of the classroom. These measures will provide useful information that the students may pass along to their families and ultimately lead to a more energy-efficient society.
The U.S. Department of Energy also provides resources to help educate our nation’s next generation of scientists. Click here for their online K-12 instructional resources.
The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) award recognizes schools, districts, and IHEs that reduce environmental impact and costs, improve the health and wellness of schools, students, and staff, and provide effective environmental and sustainability education. For more information on participation in the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools program, please visit their website at https://www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools.
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