WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced that Demarest Elementary School in Bloomfield, New Jersey, is the winner of EPA’s 2012 Energy Star National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings. In its third year, the competition featured teams from across the country racing to improve energy efficiency, lower utility costs and protect health and the environment. Demarest Elementary School won the competition by demonstrating the largest percent-reduction in energy use, adjusted for weather and the size of the building. Demarest Elementary School was able to reduce its energy use by 52 percent in one year. Together, competitors cut their energy costs by more than $50 million.
Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its annual list of U.S. metropolitan areas with the most Energy Star certified buildings in 2012. The list is headed by Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Chicago, New York, Atlanta, San Francisco, Houston, Dallas, Phoenix, and Boston. In 2012, more than 20,000 Energy Star certified buildings across America helped save more than $2.7 billion in annual utility bills while preventing greenhouse gas emissions equal to emissions from the annual electricity use of more than two million homes.
As of the end of 2012, more than 270 organizations have been recognized as ENERGY STAR Leaders by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Since the program began in 2004, ENERGY STAR Leaders have cumulatively saved more than $150 million on utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to the annual electricity use of nearly 130,000 homes.