Utah ranks 15th in energy-efficient homes program

Utah ranks 15th in energy-efficient homes program

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Environmental Protection Agency says Utah ranks 15th among states in the total number of homes earning the Energy Star label.

So far, nearly 15,000 Energy Star-qualified homes have been built in Utah, including 1,851 this year.

The EPA says the benefits associated with energy-efficient homes built in Utah in 2009 include eliminating pollution equal to the emissions from more than 900 vehicles and carbon dioxide emission reductions of nearly 11 million pounds. The homes also save the energy equivalent of more than 5.4 million pounds of coal.

There are more than 1 million Energy Star homes across the country.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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