To help consumers do their part this summer and throughout the year, CEA and ITI recommend the following:
-- Look for the ENERGY STAR(R) label. It can help you identify products that use less energy. Check out www.energystar.gov for a searchable database of ENERGY STAR products.
-- Go digital with your thermostat. Home heating and cooling systems use a significant amount of energy. Most digital thermostats quickly pay for themselves in energy savings. Programmable thermostats save energy while you're away or asleep by adjusting temperature settings.
-- Unplug mobile phone or PDA chargers when batteries are fully charged or when the chargers are not in use.
-- Be power-wise with your PC. Most personal computers have power management features that control energy consumption.
-- When you're finished watching a movie or playing a video game, don't forget to turn off your DVD player or video game console as well as the television itself.
-- Check owners' manuals to make sure you're taking full advantage of any energy-conservation capabilities of your electronics.
-- Plug electronics, such as TVs, DVD players and audio systems, into power strips, and turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in use especially for long periods of time. Be sure to read the manual first to make sure you won't affect the product. (For example, TVs which need to remain plugged in so that they can download program guides.)
-- Investigate home-networking and automation products and services that let you control heating, lighting and cooling from a central location in the home.
-- When in the market for home office products, consider a multifunction device, which combines printing, copying, scanning and faxing.
-- Save fuel by shopping and banking from home on your computer.
-- Ask your employer about working from home or a satellite business location to cut your commute.
-- For more information about saving energy with electronics, see www.ce.org/green.
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the consumer technology industry through technology policy, events, research, promotion and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA represents more than 2,100 corporate members involved in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and integration of audio, video, mobile electronics, wireless and landline communications, information technology, digital imaging, home networking, multimedia and accessory products, as well as related services that are sold through consumer channels. Combined, CEA's members account for more than $125 billion in annual sales. CEA's resources are available online at www.CE.org, the definitive source for information about the consumer electronics industry.
CEA also sponsors and manages the International CES - Defining Tomorrow's Technology. All profits from CES are reinvested into industry services, including technical training and education, industry promotion, engineering standards development, market research and legislative advocacy.
The Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) is an elite group of the nation's top high-tech companies and is widely recognized as the tech industry's most effective lobbying organization in Washington. ITI helps member companies achieve their policy objectives through building relationships with Members of Congress, Administration officials, and foreign governments; organizing industry-wide consensus on policy issues; and working to enact tech-friendly government policies. ITI works to reduce barriers that stifle innovation, increase access to global markets, promote e-commerce expansion, protect consumer choice, and enhance the global competitiveness of our companies.
ITI has been described by The Washington Post as "well-regarded for its day-to-day lobbying skills," by Technology Daily as "the only high-tech association that compiles a comprehensive voting guide each Congress" and was the only high-tech group named as one of Washington's most effective lobbying groups in a National Journal survey of Members of Congress. ITI member companies take in a combined $580 billion in annual U.S. revenue and employ 1.7 million employees.
Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) Kristina Taylor, 703-907-4326 Email Contact http://www.CE.org or Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) Marcie Ridgway, 202-626-5744 Email Contact http://www.itic.org