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The Times: Kinzinger advocates for Energy Star program

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Washington, May 3, 2017 | comments
U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, whose district includes La Salle County, and U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, D-New York, sent a letter to President Donald Trump in support of Energy Star, according to a joint press release.

Signed by 55 other House members, Kinzinger urged support for this voluntary program he said has helped American consumers save billions of dollars on their utility bills since 1992.
"The blue Energy Star logo, which nearly nine of every 10 Americans now recognize, is a symbol that provides knowledge and security to consumers as they know that a product has been voluntarily tested to prove it will lower utility costs and has the performance and durability that consumers have come to expect," the letter read. 
"That knowledge has led consumers to purchase energy efficient products that have saved families $430 billion over the past 25 years as a result of this program," according to the letter.

More than 300 million Energy Star products were sold in 2015, according to the letter.

“For more than two decades, Energy Star has helped American families and small business owners invest with confidence in energy efficiency and spend less money on energy as a result," Kinzinger said in a press statement. "This voluntary program gives businesses and manufacturers the option to differentiate their products and provides consumers with reliable information before they purchase major appliances or make home improvements."

Additionally, more than 1,000 organizations and businesses sent a letter in support of Energy Star to the House Appropriations Committee last week.
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