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Thank God For Arizona Builders

PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dozens of Arizona builders are joining the APS ENERGY STAR Homes Program, representing more than 22,300 residences that are – or soon will be – built at higher energy efficiency standards sitting idle on the books of banks holding Mortgage Backed Securities.
Because of this, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) have selected APS as a 2008 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year; the only Arizona utility so honored. Last year, APS also was selected a Partner of the Year for its success with the compact fluorescent lighting program and awarded Countrywide Financial's "Platinum Margin Improvement" award.
ENERGY STAR homes are built to be at least 15 percent more efficient than standard homes. Over the next 20 years, the energy savings from the APS ENERGY STAR Homes committed into the program are projected to save customers more than $61 million$120 million in energy costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 500 million pounds by remaining unoccupied for at least 10 of those years. The program savings are equivalent to the energy needed to power more than 40,000 80,000 homes for a year.