Energy efficiency improvements to more than 100,000 buildings across the US have helped to save more than $730 million in utility costs, according to the US Department of Energy.
The department’s Better Buildings Neighborhood Program worked with 41 state and local government agencies and other partners across the country to upgrade the energy efficiency of homes and other buildings and launch sustainable community-based programs.
“In the United States, residential and commercial buildings account for about 40 percent of all energy use,” said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. “Upgrading the energy efficiency of our homes and other buildings will save families and businesses money on utility bills and reduce pollution in our communities, moving the nation closer to our clean energy future.”
The efficiency program, in action over the past four years, was launched with $508 million in initial federal funding, and continued with another $1 billion in other public- and private-sector funding. It resulted in more than $740 million paid to local workers who performed energy assessments and upgrades.
Of the original local programs under the federal initiative, 30 are still continuing without further federal support. They include programs in Florida, Oregon, Maine and Virginia.