This legislation directs the use of state capital funds toward the purchase of more energy efficient appliances and equipment. Energy used in buildings accounts for over 40-percent of the pollution that is fueling climate change. In addition, because energy demand is met primarily through the combustion of fossil fuels, energy used in buildings leads to the pollutants that form smog and soot. These two pollutants make people sick, trigger asthma attacks, and contribute to premature deaths for people with lung and heart disease.
Energy Star is a voluntary identification program designed to promote energy efficient products. The Energy Star label is now included on more than 50 product categories, including appliances, heating and cooling, plumbing, office equipment, lighting, home electronics, and building products.
Appliances and equipment account for a major portion of electricity demand and water use in buildings. Energy Star appliances incorporate advanced technologies that use 10- to 50-percent less energy and water than standard models. As a result, consumers realize significant savings on their energy bills over the life of Energy Star appliances. According to the EPA, families and businesses have realized estimated savings of more than $430 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 2.7 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions since the inception of Energy Star in 1992.
Requiring entities utilizing capital funding provided by the state to purchase Energy Star rated products when applicable would lead to the use of more efficient equipment and appliances that reduce energy consumption and air pollution.
This bill amends the Public Authorities Law and the New York State Urban Development Corporation Act to require organizations receiving funds for capital improvements from the New York State Dormitory Authority and/or the Urban Development Corporation to use the funds to purchase Energy Star equipment and appliances when available.