Most of us associate “green building” with “energy-efficient homes“; when we think of buying energy, we immediately think of our own utility bills. But, as you might expect, commercial buildings and industrial facilities are huge users of energy, so President Obama and the Department of Energy launched the Better Buildings Challenge in 2011 to get more efficiency out of the $400 billion spent each year to power these installations.
So, how’s it working out? New Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced first-year numbers from the Better Buildings Challenge last week, and it’s moving towards its goal of 20% greater efficiency by 2020. The infographic below from the Department of Energy lays out some of the details of first-year results.
Got your own ideas for how commercial buildings and other such structures can use energy more efficiently? Share them with us in the comments. If you want a larger version of the infographic, click on it.