Want To Be An Energy Star Superstar?

You, too, can be an Energy Star, as part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Earth Month efforts to show how citizens all over the country are going green and saving money with energy efficient improvements.

EPA’s “Be an Energy Star” video challenge encourages Americans to pick up their home video cameras and document all the ways they’re taking action on improving the energy efficiency of their homes, schools, workplaces and communities. (Wondering what energy efficient improvements at your local high school might look like? Check out this inspiring example of kids taking action in Iowa.)

image via EPA

These videos will then be featured on the Energy Star website and its associated social networking channels, where all the world will view and vote for their favorite videos in the fall. Winning entries will be featured during Energy Awareness month in October, offering those “Energy Stars” featured in the videos their legendary fifteen minutes of fame.

In addition to this challenge, EPA is also asking eco-Americans to take the “Change the World, Start with Energy Star” pledge, in which  you, the pledged, do solemnly swear to switch to more efficient lighting, choose Energy Star products, seal and insulate your home, and use those power management features on your home computers and monitors.

More information is available online.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.