Four JCPenney stores are the 1st retail buildings in the US to earn the Energy Star label for superior energy efficiency and environmental performance. Compared to similar stores nationwide, the JCPenney stores collectively spend almost a quarter of $1 million less per year on energy, and avoid over 3 million pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year. Of the almost 5 million commercial buildings in the US, retail buildings account for the largest energy bills and are responsible for the second largest percentage of greenhouse gas emissions. Energy Star is a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Last year, Americans, with the help of Energy Star, saved about $14 billion on their energy bills while reducing the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of 25 million vehicles.
Let's hope others will join the challenge!
For more info, http://www.energystar.gov/labeledbuildings