According to the EPA: "Energy use in commercial buildings accounts for 17 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions 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, and use nearly two times less energy per square foot than average office buildings."
Products, residential homes, and commercial buildings are reducing their greenhouse gas emissions and improving their energy efficiency through the Energy Star program. They must pass specific requirements in order to achieve the rating. Energy Star buildings use 35% less energy on average and contribute 35% less carbon dioxide emissions than other buildings. Currently, Energy Star commercial buildings must perform in the top 25% of other similar buildings. Not only do individuals and businesses help the environment, but they are also saving a significant amount of money. Energy Star has helped individuals and businesses save over $30 million within the past year--money that would have powered wasteful electricity and greenhouse gas emissions.
Various types of buildings can earn Energy Star ratings, including residential homes, office buildings, schools, hotels, and stores. They are reducing pollution, cutting costs, and increasing the efficiency of their buildings, all while helping the environment.
The 2014 Energy Star Top Cities are:
1. Los Angeles
2. Washington, DC
4. New York
5. San Francisco
7. Dallas-Fort Worth
15. San Diego
16. Minneapolis-St. Paul
20. San Jose
21. Columbus, OH
22. Riverside, CA
24. Portland, OR
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