Austin 18th Most Energy Efficient In U.S., Report Says
Austin ranked the No. 18 U.S. city with the most Energy Star Certified Buildings, according to a Tuesday press release.
The Texas Capital City reported 98 buildings, with 14.8 million square feet, having the energy efficiency certification.
In 2008, the first year the list was compiled, Austin ranked No. 13, with 77 buildings, representing 10.9 million square feet.
In 2009, Austin ranked No. 18, with 55 buildings, representing 8 million square feet. There is no obvious reason for the fluctuations.
The list of 2010 cities is headed by Los Angeles, Washington D.C., San Francisco, Chicago and New York. The growth in certified buildings across the country has resulted in overall annual utility savings climbing to more than $1.9 billion while preventing greenhouse gas emissions equal to the emissions of nearly 1.3 million homes a year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.