The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) State and Local Climate and Energy Program guide provides helpful information to assist local officials in increasing energy efficiency in their facilities and operations. Discover how you can start boosting energy efficiency today.
Assessing Existing Buildings
In order to increase energy efficiency in existing, or older, buildings, the EPA recommends that government buildings start by examining energy use patterns through a comprehensive audit. By benchmarking current performance, operations directors can evaluate progress in energy-saving and measure cost reductions.
Local governments can utilize an important resource to increase the efficiency of buildings and operations: the Energy Star program of the EPA. Any municipal facility can participate in the Energy Star Challenge, which is a global call-to-action to reduce the energy intensity by 10 percent within five years.
The Better Buildings Challenge, by the U.S. Department of Energy, supports commercial and industrial building owners by providing technical assistance and proven solutions to reduce energy use by 20 percent by 2020.
Upgrading the Building
When upgrading an existing facility, the building envelope is one of the first places to focus on. By improving insulation, weatherproofing, and upgrading windows and doors, facility operators can produce incredible energy usage savings.
Local governments can take a variety of simple steps to decrease the energy usage throughout commercial and municipal buildings. By upgrading the HVAC system and upgrading older equipment to newer, more energy efficient models, you can take the first steps towards establishing an energy efficient building.
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