Minneapolis Study Finds Hospitals and Churches Waste the Most Energy

The study finds that improving the city’s largest buildings could have a major impact on overall CO2 pollution.

As reported by Southwest Journal:

A new study analyzing the energy use of the city’s largest public and commercial buildings found the potential for avoiding 120,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions if the buildings increased energy efficiency by 15 percent.

The latest Energy Benchmarking Report reviewed the energy use of 429 public and commercial buildings. The report also concluded that the buildings could save $24 million in energy costs annually if energy efficiency was collectively improved by 15 percent.

The report analyzed energy use in 2014. Combined, the buildings surveyed include 96 million square feet of floor space and use as much energy as roughly 89,000 households — about half of the homes in the city.

Read the complete Southwest Journal article.

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