25 Most Energy Efficient Cities — DC Tops LA after 6-Year Reign

25 Most Energy Efficient Cities — DC Tops LA after 6-Year Reign

25 Most Energy Efficient Cities—Find Out Which City Dethroned the Six Time Champion?

Work takes a lot of energy, and we mean that quite literally. Commercial buildings are responsible for the largest slice of carbon emissions for most metropolitan areas, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In fact, commercial buildings in New York City are responsible for a stunning 80 percent of the city’s carbon emissions.

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Energy use in commercial buildings accounts for 17 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, according an EPA official. But the buildings in the city pictured above have taken huge strides to slash emissions. Photo credit: Shutterstock

However, many cities are taking efforts to green up their buildings. There are now more than 25,000 commercial buildings across the country that have earned Energy Star certification, a strict energy performance standard set by the EPA. On average, Energy Star buildings use 35 percent less energy and are responsible for 35 percent fewer emissions than typical buildings.

Some cities have more efficient buildings than others and every year the agency ranks the metropolitan areas with the most Energy Star buildings in the past year. So which city came out on top?

Move over, Los Angeles. LA had topped the list for six consecutive years after the program launched in 2009, but a new two-lettered city claims this year’s crown after five straight years in second place: Washington, DC.

The nation’s capital boasts 480 Energy Star certified buildings, edging out the City of Angels’ still-impressive 475. All told, DC’s Energy Star buildings have saved $127.1 million in utility bills and the equivalent electricity use of 73,500 homes, according to this Energy Star graphic that ranks this year’s top 10 cities with the most efficient buildings:

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Check out this link to see which major metropolitan areas rounded out the top 25, and which mid-size and small cities made the list.

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