In 2009, EPA's ENERGY STAR leaders prevented the equivalent of more than 220,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide and saved more than $48 million across their commercial building portfolios. These savings have quadrupled since 2008 and represent the single greatest year of savings since EPA recognized the first ENERGY STAR leaders in 2004. For details on the awards see the EPA Press Release. This year EPA released a new report profiling leading organizations for reducing greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. The report: "Profiles in Leadership, 2010 ENERGY STAR Award Winners," highlights over 100 organizations across many sectors of the U.S. economy. The report offers insights into this diverse set of winners and their energy-efficient approaches and practices. For more information see the EPA Press Releaseor view the full report.
The Obama administration has announced that the U.S. Departments of Energy, Commerce and Labor and four other federal agencies are joining together to establish a nearly $130 million regional research center to develop and implement new technology for building efficiency. Buildings account for almost 40 percent of U.S. energy consumption and carbon emissions. The new center is part of the effort to reduce energy use and utility bills while stimulating the economy and creating jobs. Greener Buildings has the report. Link
Retailers can save big bucks by thinking of green and energy-saving alternatives. From keeping the freezer door closed to examining tax incentives there are plenty of options to save money through green practices. See the article in Globe Streetwith more information.
White roofs can cool urban temperatures, according to Keith Oleson, a scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Such roofs are being used in cities across the country -- including Washington, D.C., and Seattle -- and have caught the attention of Energy Secretary Steven Chu. Review the entire article on MSNBC.
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LED stands for light-emitting diode. LEDs are small light sources that become illuminated by the movement of electrons through semiconductor material. Qualified commercial products use at least 75% less energy and last 35 times longer than incandescent lighting. Plus, qualified LED lighting produces virtually no heat and provides optimal light color for any environment from parking lots to high-end show rooms. For more information, visit the ENERGY STAR product page which includes an overview, specifications, buying guidance and FAQs. LED technology is moving at a fast pace and you should check every few months for new types of LED lighting products.