For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
June 28, 2001
Bush Administration Takes the Lead on Energy Conservation
Today at the Department of Energy President Bush will announce specific
steps that his Administration is taking to increase energy conservation.
The President will announce:
$77 million in federal conservation grants, which, when joined with
industry contributions, will total $108 million for new research to
accelerate the development of fuel cells, advanced engines and hydrogen
technology for tomorrow?s cars and buildings. The new grants come on the
heels of the $18 million in conservation grants that Secretary Abraham
recently announced. The grants are designed to pioneer new ways to produce
power and moving vehicles that will lead to dramatically lower emissions
and squeeze more power out of a unit of fuel.
That the federal government will lead a major conservation effort to
bring American homes, government and industry to a new energy saving
standard for ?vampire? devices ? machines that drain energy even when not
The federal government is the largest single user of energy in America
and should set the standard for conserving energy. All Americans as
individuals can also help conserve by shopping for the most energy
efficient appliances in the marketplace.
What Are Energy "Vampires?"
Vampires are standby power devices that draw excessive energy even when
not in use.
Vampires typically consume anywhere from 4-7 watts per hour.
Vampires can be found in almost every household appliance including
televisions, telephones, fax machines, washers, and dryers. Vampires make
sure that the appliance is ?instantly? functioning when you want to use it;
they are also used to maintain memory functions in these devices. Some
Vampires, such as cell phone chargers, draw energy when plugged in even if
they are not connected to the device they normally charge.
Approximately 26 power plants are needed just to power these energy
What are "Vampire Slayers?"
"Vampire Slayers" are energy-efficient standby power devices that use
one watt or less of energy per hour.
If more devices used vampire slayers, we could save billions of
kilowatt-hours per year without sacrificing performance.
If the nation as a whole moved to one-watt standby power devices, we
might need 20 fewer power plants to power these devices than we do
Vampire slayers often cost as little as 50 cents more than the
inefficient energy vampires, and can pay for themselves through reduced
In the aggregate, households across the nation would save from $1 to 2
billion on their energy bills if they adopted appliances that utilize
What will the Bush Administration Do to Further the Use of Vampire Slayers?
The President will direct procurement officers to purchase -- whenever
practicable and cost-effective to do so --off-the-shelf appliances and
devices that use energy-efficient standby power devices. This directive
will further ensure that the federal government is doing its part to reduce
unnecessary energy use. The federal government is the largest single user
of electricity in the U.S. and the President wants to take the lead on
The President will direct DOE and EPA to include within the "Energy
Star" program a 1-watt standard for standby power devices, where that
standard would be technologically feasible and economically worthwhile for
consumers. The Energy Star label is the symbol that alerts consumers to
their best energy value in the marketplace. Consumers will be able to make
more informed decisions about the savings that could be reaped.
The President will challenge American businesses, both in their
manufacturing decisions and in their purchasing decisions, to look to the
vampire slayer as a means of conserving energy and saving money. He also
will direct the DOE to develop a process to track industry's move to a
1-watt standard, to recognize companies that do so, and to hold workshops
where technical issues could be addressed. Businesses can follow the
Administration's example and save energy and increase their bottom lines.