BOSTON -- Today EPA released its annual list of U.S. metropolitan areas with the most certified Energy Star buildings in 2014. Boston has returned to the top 10, and is recognized for its continuing commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions and save money through energy efficiency.
For 2014, Boston returned to the number 10 position among the list of top 25 U.S. metropolitan areas, after it had been ranked 13th last year. Boston had 176 buildings that were Energy Star certified. Thanks to these buildings’ owners and managers, Boston is cutting greenhouse gas emissions equal to emissions from 34,500 passenger vehicles, and saving more than $60 million in annual utility bills.
Ahead of Boston on this year’s list are Washington DC, Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and Denver. By the end of 2014, the more than 25,000 Energy Star certified buildings in cities across America have helped save more than $3.4 billion in annual utility bills and prevent greenhouse gas emissions equal to emissions from the annual electricity use of more than 2.4 million homes.
“Across the country, thousands of building owners and property managers are using Energy Star tools to evaluate and improve their building’s energy performance, and it’s showing tangible results for cost savings and reducing greenhouse gases and other emissions to our environment,” said Curt Spalding, regional administrator of EPA’s New England office.
EPA’s Energy Star Top Cities list shows how cities across America, with help from Energy Star, are embracing energy efficiency as an effective way to save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that fuel climate change.
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 buildings are verified to perform better than 75 percent of similar buildings nationwide, and they use an average of 35 percent less energy and are responsible for 35 percent fewer emissions than typical buildings. Many common building types can earn the Energy Star, including office buildings, K-12 schools, hotels, and retail stores.
For more than 20 years, American citizens have looked to EPA’s Energy Star program for guidance on how to save energy, save money and protect the environment. Behind each blue label is a product, building, or home that is independently certified to use less energy and cause fewer of the emissions that contribute to climate change. Today, Energy Star is the most widely recognized symbol for energy efficiency in the world, helping families and businesses save $300 billion on utility bills, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by two billion metric tons since 1992.