What do ENERGY STAR Buildings do for Dallas?
Dallas had 214 buildings receive ENERGY STAR certification in 2014, which resulted in a savings of $47.3 million and cut emissions equal to 48,400 homes’ annual electric use. Washington D.C. ranked first in 2014, knocking Los Angeles to second place for the first time since 2008.
According to the EPA, more than 25,000 buildings nationwide have earned EPA’s ENERGY STAR since 1999!
Dallas has been holding steady in seventh place since 2013, up from eighth place in 2012. Since the rankings began in 2008, Dallas has never left the top ten cities.
In 2013, 229 buildings received ENERGY STAR certification in Dallas, which cut greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 64,249 passenger vehicles and saved almost $44 million in annual utility bills. By the end of 2013, more than 23,000 Energy Star certified buildings across America saved nearly $3.1 billion in annual utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to the annual energy use of more than 2.2 million homes.
How EPA ranks the cities
They define cities based on the US Census’ “core based statistical areas,” commonly known as metropolitan areas. Then, EPA tallies the total number of buildings that earns the ENERGY STAR in each metro area and ranks the cities accordingly.