Creating Jobs, Reducing Waste, and Saving Money in Government Buildings

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July 07, 2014
By: Satya Rhodes-Conway, James Irwin, and Adam Schepker

If there was a way to save money, improve the workplaces of state employees, create jobs and reduce pollution all at once, wouldn’t you want your state to do it? 

 

Buildings consume more than 40 percent of energy used in the United States.1 We waste a tremendous amount of this energy on heating and air conditioning that escapes the building, on illuminating vacant spaces, and on running machinery constantly. Reducing this waste creates jobs for those increasing the building’s efficiency, saves money for the building operator, increases occupant productivity and health, and reduces climate and air pollution. Even more impressive, it is an idea that can pay for itself: You can capture the value of the energy wasted and use that to pay for the cost of the building upgrades over time.

 

This document is one of several designed to help Government/Municipal, University, School and Hospital (MUSH) entities implement energy efficiency upgrades of their building stock. For a comprehensive look at the sector, please see MAKING M.U.S.H. ENERGY EFFICIENT: Energy Efficiency in the Governmental and Institutional Sector, available at http://www.cows.org/making-mush-energy-efficient. For information about residential and commercial building energy efficiency programs, please see www. efficiencycities.org.