2021 ENERGY STAR Top Cities

EPA's annual Top Cities list shows which metro areas were home to the most ENERGY STAR certified buildings in the previous year. These regions continue to make impressive strides in cutting American energy bills and pollution through energy efficiency. Their efforts contribute to stronger economies, healthier communities, and cleaner air for all of us.

Top 25 cities

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Rank Metro Area Building
Count
Total
Floor Area
(million sq. ft.)
Emissions
Prevented
(MTCO2e)
Cost
Savings
(million)
Equivalent
Homes'
Annual
Electricity
Use
1 Los Angeles 587 140.5 307,000 $203 56,000
2 Washington, DC 549 147.5 537,000 $157 98,000
3 San Francisco 341 95.6 263,000 $203 48,000
4 Atlanta 329 84.2 321,000 $64 58,000
5 New York 276 142.2 403,000 $157 73,000
6 Chicago 237 118.4 601,000 $98 109,000
7 Houston 195 72.4 243,000 $41 44,000
8 Dallas 194 51.5 183,000 $32 33,000
9 Boston 193 54.5 130,000 $74 24,000
10 Denver 186 52.9 251,000 $41 46,000
11 Seattle 165 48.9 145,000 $46 26,000
12 San Diego 164 28.4 56,000 $33 10,000
13 Riverside, Calif. 152 18.1 20,000 $11 3,700
13 Tampa 152 24.5 70,000 $19 13,000
15 Minneapolis 133 41.1 226,000 $51 41,000
16 Phoenix 119 24.5 108,000 $22 20,000
17 Austin 107 20.8 78,000 $18 14,000
18 San Jose 104 18.1 85,000 $49 15,000
19 Charlotte 103 19.2 58,000 $13 11,000
20 Miami 87 21.7 70,000 $16 13,000
20 Philadelphia 87 32.0 82,000 $20 15,000
22 Sacramento 77 13.9 41,000 $21 7,500
23 Portland 65 14.0 34,000 $10 6,200
24 Raleigh 54 9.2 30,000 $7.3 5,500
25 San Antonio 52 14.6 55,000 $11 10,000

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Top mid-size cities

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Rank Metro Area Building Count Total Floor Area (million sq. ft.) Emissions
Prevented (MTCO2e)
Cost
Savings (million)
Equivalent
Homes'
Annual
Electricity
Use
1 San Jose, Calif. 104 18.1 85,000 48.8 15,400
2 Raleigh, N.C. 54 9.2 30,000 7.3 5,500
3 Des Moines, Iowa 48 5.6 18,000 2.2 3,300
4 Nashville, Tenn. 39 7.5 29,000 7.2 5,300
5 Grand Rapid, Mich. 38 2.0 5,400 1 980
6 Greenville, S.C. 35 5.2 7,600 2.0 1,400
7 Milwaukee, Wis. 34 8.6 30,000 5.1 5,400
8 Boulder, Colo. 32 1.9 8,400 1.6 1,500
9 Columbia, S.C. 31 4.8 8,100 2.6 1,500
10 Tulsa, Okla. 28 4.2 13,000 1.5 2,300
10 Madison, Wis. 28 3.9 21,000 3.0 3,800

Top small cities

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Rank Metro Area Building Count Total Floor Area
(million sq. ft.)
Emissions
Prevented (MTCO2e)
Cost Savings Equivalent
Homes'
Annual Electricity
Use
1 Jackson, Mich. 50 1.9 6,100 1,033,000 1,100
2 Bowling Green, Ky. 23 2.2 7,800 2,074,000 1,400
3 Sioux City, Iowa 19 2.3 7,700 963,000 1,400
4 Wheeling, W.Va. 12 1.0 2,700 465,000 490
5 Muskegon, Mich. 11 1.0 2,400 403,000 440
6 Elizabethtown, Ky. 8 n/a n/a n/a n/a
7 Carson City, Nev. 7 n/a n/a n/a n/a
7 California, Md. 7 n/a n/a n/a n/a
9 Saginaw, Mich. 6 n/a n/a n/a n/a
10 Bloomington, Ill. 5 n/a n/a n/a n/a
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