San Francisco ranks No. 6 for energy efficient buildings nationally

San Francisco ranks sixth on the list of cities with the most Energy Star-rated buildings nationally, according to data released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Energy Star-rated buildings use about 35 percent less energy and are responsible for 35 percent less greenhouse gas emission than comparable buildings.

In Northern California there are more than 500 Energy Star rated buildings that saved nearly $140 million in utility costs, the EPA said. The efficiency of those buildings helps prevent greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to what is produced by 50,000 homes, the EPA said.

Nationwide there are more than 20,000 Energy Star-certified buildings that save their owners $2.7 billion in utility costs and reduce emissions equivalent to more than 2 million average homes.

California claims more buildings with the Energy Star rating than any other state. Six cities rank in the EPA’s Top 25 list of most buildings with the rating.

California Cities with most Energy Star Rated buildings in 2012:

1. Los Angeles (528)

6. San Francisco (291)

15. San Diego (123)

16. San Jose (114)

20. Sacramento (97)

24. Riverside (69)

Lindsay Riddell covers energy and cleantech for the San Francisco Business Times.

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