HJ575: Energy Conservation Awareness Week; designating as first week in October 2007, and each succeeding.
WHEREAS, it is in the best interest of the nation and the Commonwealth to encourage the efficient use of energy; and
WHEREAS, the average home causes more air pollution than the average car; and
WHEREAS, the average American household spends approximately $1,300 per year on energy costs; and
WHEREAS, buying energy efficient products is one of the easiest and smartest ways for Virginians to reduce energy use, help prevent air pollution, and save money; and
WHEREAS, making energy efficient choices can save families about a third on their energy bill–with similar savings on greenhouse gas emissions–and without sacrificing features, style, or comfort; and
WHEREAS, ENERGY STAR, a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helps us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices; and
WHEREAS, through its partnerships with more than 8,000 private and public sector organizations, ENERGY STAR has successfully delivered energy and cost savings across the country, saving businesses, organizations, and consumers about $12 billion in 2005 alone; and
WHEREAS, as energy prices have become a hot news topic and a major concern for consumers, ENERGY STAR continues to provide a trustworthy label on products that deliver the same or better performance as comparable models while using less energy and saving money; and
WHEREAS, raising public awareness of energy efficiency and ENERGY STAR products will result in additional families taking action to conserve energy; and
WHEREAS, October is nationally designated as Energy Awareness Month; now therefore be it
RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That the General Assembly hereby designate the first week of October, in 2007 and in each succeeding year, as "Energy Conservation Awareness Week" in Virginia; and, be it
RESOLVED FURTHER, that the Clerk of the House of Delegates post the designation of the first week in October as "Energy Conservation Awareness Week" on the General Assembly’s website; and be it
RESOLVED FURTHER, that the General Assembly urges the citizens of the Commonwealth to start conserving energy in their homes by using ENERGY STAR products, which not only reduces energy bills, but improves our environment by reducing pollution.