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Energy Star Buildings Shine In These Top 10 U.S. Cities
Okay so you know I am a fan of Energy Star and when I read about the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 2012 top cities that have Energy Star buildings, I had to share. The best news is that these numbers not only reflect a huge savings in greenhouse gas emissions, but they reflect a real cost savings to these commercial building's owners as well.
Energy use in commercial buildings currently accounts for 17% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and costs more than $100 billion per year. As President Obama has set in place a goal for U.S. businesses to reduce their energy use by half over the ext 20 years, these owners should be commended.
“Through their partnership with EPA, the owners and managers of Energy Star certified buildings are helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions while saving on utility bills,” said EPA Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe.
In 2012, more than 20,000 Energy Star certified buildings across America helped save more than $2.7 billion in annual utility bills while preventing greenhouse gas emissions equal to emissions from the annual electricity use of more than two million homes.
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For the fifth year in a row, Los Angeles stays on top in first place, with 528 buildings. One of the greenest cities I know and love, Washington, D.C., comes in at second place with 462 buildings.
In third place, with 353 buildings, Chicago continues to rise in the rankings starting in sixth place in 2008 and increasing the number of buildings certified by an average of 32 percent each year.
New York, which recently required its commercial buildings to publicly disclose their energy use, comes in at fourth place. Phoenix broke into the top 10 for the first time, with 202 buildings and new on the list this year is Boston, coming in at 10th place.
- Los Angeles with 528 Energy Star buildings
- Washington, DC with 462 Energy Star buildings
- Chicago with 353 Energy Star buildings
- New York with 325 Energy Star buildings
- Atlanta with 304 Energy Star buildings
- San Francisco with 291 Energy Star buildings
- Houston with 241 Energy Star buildings
- Dallas, Fort Worth with 214 Energy Star buildings
- Phoenix with 202 Energy Star buildings
- Boston with 188 Energy Star buildings
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