One of the world’s largest projects built to save energy


Trump’s proposal to eliminate popular money-saving energy efficiency programs, including the EPA’s Energy Star Program and the DOE’s Weatherization Assistance Program will be a major loss for consumers, experts have warned — but also for the climate.


A professor at the University of California at Los Angeles were able to analyze data on the energy use of 178,777 commercial buildings from the years 2005 to 2012. Their findings show Energy Star and LEED-certified buildings used 19.31 and 29.99 percent less energy, respectively.


How can other building owners, particularly those who own smaller-sized buildings, be incentivized to start making energy efficiency investments? Mandatory energy consumption disclosure laws on the long-term benefits of energy efficiency programs would help building owners to benchmark their energy use compared to other similar buildings. Nearly two dozen cities in the United States have already begun developing such disclosure programs.


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