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DIRECTV : EPA Honors DIRECTV as a 2014 Energy Star Partner of the Year

04/13/2014 | 12:48am US/Eastern

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named DIRECTV as a 2014 Energy Star Partner of the Year for its leadership in manufacturing products that earn the Energy Star, the government- backed symbol of energy efficiency.

According to a release, this is the second consecutive Energy Star Partner of the Year award in addition to three consecutive Energy Star Excellence for Energy Efficient Product Design awards during 2010-2012.

DIRECTV earned this year's EPA award for deploying millions of energy-efficient receivers, raising the profile of efficiency among millions of prospective and current customers, as well as thousands of employees, and driving greater consumer savings through innovative partnerships with efficiency program partners. DIRECTV's accomplishments will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on April 29.

Over the last year DIRECTV said, it has made significant contributions to energy efficiency, including:

-Certifying more than 10 million set-top box receivers this year and more than 50 million since joining the program in 2009.

-Saving consumers more than $80 million in 2013 and $500 million cumulatively on their energy bills.

-Offering greater savings for customers through the power-wise Genie Whole-Home DVR and Genie Mini's.

-Communicating the efficiency message to millions of DIRECTV customers and more than 30,000 technicians and staff, through e- newsletters and e-bills, social media, PSAs on more than 50 networks a week, an in-house employee training channel, and messaging sent to millions of deployed receivers.

-Partnering with key efficiency programs and research organizations to carry the efficiency of set-top boxes further and more quickly.

-Continuing to deploy the RVU remote user interface technology which drives down energy consumption even further by enabling a receiver-less connection to compatible RVU client devices including Smart TV models from Samsung, Sony, Toshiba and others.

"DIRECTV stands alone among television providers in receiving Energy Star recognition, having demonstrated unparalleled leadership in our industry since joining the Energy Star Set-top Box Program in 2009," said Romulo Pontual, executive vice president and CTO of DIRECTV. "Every receiver that DIRECTV is purchasing today, including the DIRECTV Genie and Genie Mini's, is Energy Star qualified, underscoring our commitment to the program. We are proud to be recognized by the EPA for the fifth consecutive year and will continue to improve our environmental stewardship effort."

"DIRECTV is helping consumers save money and reduce harmful carbon pollution by producing energy-efficient Energy Star products," said EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe. "This outstanding effort in product manufacturing demonstrates a commitment to reducing our nation's greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change."

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