Dallas and Houston Top Cities to Cut Energy with Efficient Buildings
DALLAS – (April 10, 2014) Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its sixth annual list of U.S. metropolitan areas with the most ENERGY Star certified buildings. Dallas placed seventh and Houston placed tenth. Both cities have achieved economic and environmental benefits by facility owners and managers applying energy efficiency to their buildings.
Energy Star labeled buildings in Texas achieved significant reductions in their energy bills and greenhouse gas emissions. These buildings represent more than 166 million square feet and save more than $133 million annually in energy costs while preventing greenhouse gas emissions equal to the emissions of 125,415 homes a year.
“Competitions always help people find additional ways to cut energy use, saving thousands of dollars and reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said EPA Regional Administrator Ron Curry. “These smart and innovative solutions will help solve the many environmental challenges we face today.”
By the end of 2013, more than 23,000 ENERGY Star certified buildings across America saved nearly $3.1 billion in annual utility bills and prevent greenhouse gas emissions equal to the annual energy use of more than 2.2 million homes.
The list of cities with the most ENERGY Star certified buildings continues to show how America is 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.
See the full list of top cities: http://energystar.gov/topcities
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