Odessa Named as Nation’s Top Small City for Energy Efficient Buildings

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Posted: Monday, March 30, 2015 8:17 pm

DALLAS, Texas -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced Odessa, Texas, as the nation’s leader among smaller cities for Energy Star certified buildings. Odessa boasts 31 buildings with the certification, all schools and school administration offices, totaling 3.1 million sq. ft. The energy savings from these buildings total $2.4 million. This represents the equivalent of the annual electricity use of 1,800 homes.

“Energy Star certified buildings are leading the way by advancing energy efficiency and making cost-saving improvements,” said EPA Regional Administrator Ron Curry. “Odessa’s schools are taking advantage of these benefits, and giving students a real-life lesson in sustainability.”

More than 25,000 buildings across America have earned EPA’s Energy Star certification since 1999. The buildings have saved nearly $3.4 billion on utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to the emissions from the annual electricity use of nearly 2.4 million homes.

Energy use in commercial buildings accounts for 17 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions at a cost of more than $100 billion per year. Energy Star certified buildings are verified to perform better than 75 percent of similar buildings nationwide, and they use an average of 35 percent less energy and are responsible for 35 percent fewer emissions than typical buildings. Many common building types can earn the Energy Star, including office buildings, K-12 schools, hotels, and retail stores.

SOURCE: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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