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May 10th 2013 Digestive Healthcare Center and Easy Energy USA Celebrate Savings Concluding the 2012 EPA’s ENERGY STAR National Building Competition Competitors together have saved more than $50 million on utility bills and prevented nearly 290,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions [ Milford, PA ] –
Digestive Healthcare Center, with the help of Easy Energy USA, has successfully crossed the finish line in EPA’s 2012 ENERGY STAR National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings.
In its third year, the competition featured over 3,000 teams from across the country racing to improve energy efficiency, lower utility costs and protect health and the environment. Together, competitors cut their energy costs by more than $50 million.
Digestive Healthcare Center has reduced its energy use by 24.9 percent and prevented 44 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions over the course of the year, equal to the amount of 4,933 gallons of gasoline consumed. Additionally, Digestive Healthcare Center was formally recognized for placing first among all Medical Office Buildings. The winner of the competition was Demarest Elementary School, in Bloomfield, New Jersey, which reduced its energy use by more than 52 percent. From improvements in operations and maintenance to upgrades in equipment and technology, the competitors together saved more than 3 billion kBtus of energy and more than $50 million on utility bills annually. The competitors also prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to the electricity used by more than 43,000 homes per year. “The impressive results of the third-annual National Building Competition are proof positive that any building can take simple steps to improve the energy efficiency of the buildings where we all work, play, and learn,” said Jean Lupinacci, chief of ENERGY STAR for commercial buildings and industrial plants. “All of the participants in the Energy Star National Building Competition are finding more and more ways to cut energy use, saving thousands of dollars and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Congratulations to Easy Energy USA for helping to lead the way.” The 2012 Energy Star National Building Competition measured energy performance over the entire 2012 calendar year. Competitors tracked their building's monthly energy consumption using EPA's online energy tracking tool, Energy Star Portfolio Manager.
Demarest Elementary School won the competition by demonstrating the largest percent-reduction in energy use, adjusted for weather and the size of the building. A professional engineer or architect verified reductions in energy usage. Last year, the University of Central Florida won the competition, reducing the energy use of an on-campus parking garage by more than 63 percent.
Energy usage of commercial buildings accounts for nearly 20 percent of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, costing of more than $100 billion per year. Thousands of businesses and organizations work with EPA’s Energy Star program and are saving billions of dollars and preventing millions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions from entering the atmosphere each year.
More information on the 2012 Energy Star National Building Competition, including top overall finishers and top finishers by building category, an interactive map of competitors, and a wrap-up report: http://www.energystar.gov/BattleOfTheBuildings
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