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TODAY: EPA Administrator in Durham to Tour Energy Efficient Habitat for Humanity Home, Highlight New Energy Star Tool

Release Date: 12/12/2014
Contact Information: Davina Marraccini,; (404) 562-8293

ATLANTA – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy is visiting Durham, N.C. today for the agency’s Energy Efficiency Action Week and touring a new Energy Star-certified Habitat for Humanity home, in the North East Central neighborhood, that includes energy-efficient features that will save homeowners money on their utility bills. Administrator McCarthy will meet with the new homeowner and be joined by Congressman G. K. Butterfield, Durham Mayor Bill Bell, Habitat for Humanity International Vice President for the U.S. and Canada Sue Henderson, and representatives from Advanced Energy, Southern Energy Management and Habitat for Humanity Durham.

The home tour, which will include blower door and duct leakage tests as well as an explanation of Energy Star upgrades, is open to the press and will be immediately followed by a press conference.

Administrator McCarthy will highlight a new EPA tool, the Energy Star Home Advisor, launched this week to help Americans save money and energy by improving the energy efficiency of their existing homes through recommended, customized and prioritized home-improvement projects. As we enter the winter months, homeowners can use the new Energy Star Home Advisor to increase energy efficiency and save money while reducing greenhouse gas emissions that fuel climate change.

WHEN: Friday, December 12, 2014

      11:15 a.m. EST
WHO: EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy
G. K. Butterfield, U.S. Representative for North Carolina’s 1st District
Mayor Bill Bell, City of Durham
Sue Henderson, Vice President for the U.S. and Canada, Habitat for Humanity International
Blake Strayhorn, Executive director for Habitat for Humanity Durham
Keith Aldridge, Vice President for Business Development, Advanced Energy
EPA Regional Administrator Heather McTeer Toney

WHERE: Habitat for Humanity home
2200 Ashe Street
Durham, N.C. 27703

RSVP: Media who would like to attend either event should contact Davina Marraccini at 404-562-8293 or

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