Here are the Top Cities with the Most Energy Star Buildings. They are Angeles, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, New York, San Francisco make top five, cutting energy costs while increasing efficiency, protecting health, reducing pollution
WASHINGTON – First of all, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the sixth annual list of the top 25 U.S. metropolitan areas. In addition, they are the top most Energy Star certified buildings. The cities on this list demonstrate the economic and environmental benefits. All achieved by facility owners and managers. Most importantly when they apply a proven approach to energy efficiency to their buildings.
So the Top 10 cities on the list are: Los Angeles; Washington, D.C.; Atlanta; New York; San Francisco; Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Philadelphia; and Houston
Energy use in commercial buildings accounts for 17 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. As a result and at a cost of more than $100 billion per year. Energy Star certified office buildings cost $0.50 less per square foot to operate than average office buildings. Most noteworthy, that’s nearly two times less energy per square foot than average office buildings.
The data also show that more than 23,000 buildings across America earned EPA’s Energy Star certification by the end of 2013. These buildings saved more than $3.1 billion on utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to the annual electricity use from 2.2 million homes.
First released in 2008, the list of cities with the most Energy Star certified buildings continues to demonstrate how cities across America, with help from Energy Star, are embracing energy efficiency as a simple and effective way to save money and prevent pollution. Los Angeles has remained the top city since 2008 while Washington, D.C. continues to hold onto second place for the fifth consecutive year. Atlanta moved up from the number five to number three. For the first time, Philadelphia entered the top 10, ranking ninth.
In addition, commercial buildings that earn EPA’s Energy Star must perform in the top 25 percent of similar buildings nationwide. As well as they must be independently verified by a licensed professional engineer or a registered architect. That’s because Energy Star certified buildings use an average of 35 percent less energy. They are also responsible for 35 percent less carbon dioxide emissions than typical buildings. Many types of commercial buildings can earn Energy Star. That’s also including office buildings, K-12 schools, hotels, and retail stores.
Products, homes and buildings that earn the Energy Star label prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy efficiency requirements set by the U.S. EPA. In 2013 alone, Americans, with the help of Energy Star, saved an estimated $30 billion on their utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to the annual electricity use of more than 38 million homes. From the first Energy Star qualified computer in 1992, the Energy Star label can now be found on products in more than 70 different categories, with more than 4.5 billion sold. Most interestingly, over 1.5 million new homes and 23,000 commercial buildings and industrial plants are in. Because all have earned the Energy Star label.
In conclusion, the 2014 Top Cities are: