Secretary Abraham Marks Anniversary of Standby Power Initiative

August 1, 2002

Jill Schroeder, 202/586-4940
Tom Welch, 202/586-5806
August 1, 2002

WASHINGTON, DC--Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham today marked the anniversary of Executive Order 13221, issued by President Bush on July 31, 2001. This executive order calls on the federal government to purchase electronic devices such as computers and cell phones that use minimal standby power when not in use to reduce unnecessary electrical use and save taxpayer dollars. The order directs the Department of Energy, in cooperation with other Federal agencies and major industry manufacturers, to identify innovative energy efficient products without sacrificing effectiveness.

"The effort is a prime example of how President Bush has directed the federal government to lead by example when it comes to saving energy," said Secretary Abraham. "Public-private partnerships like this one can bring about real change that benefits all consumers and our nation. These types of innovations save energy without sacrificing the effectiveness of our products."

Executive Order 13221 "Energy Efficient Standby Power Devices," calls on all Federal agencies to purchase products that use minimal standby power. Standby power refers to the electricity used when products are switched off or not performing their primary purpose. According to DOE estimates, as existing office products and consumer electronics are replaced with low standby power products over the next six years, U.S. consumers will save approximately $500 million in cumulative energy cost savings and enough electricity to power 630,000 homes for one year.

DOE estimates, as a result of the President's Standby Power Initiative, the federal government will save an estimated $25 million in energy costs over the next six years and will save enough electricity to power about 40,000 homes.

DOE also reports that the President's initiative has resulted in commitments by major manufacturers to significantly redesign products sold to the general public to reduce standby power.

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