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  •  Conservation is key (3+ / 0-)
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    Energy efficiency retrofits to existing building can save a tremendous amount of energy - so much that the cost of the renovations may be paid back in just 5 or 6 years.

    Buildings are the ultimate end-users for 68 percent of coal and 55 percent of natural gas in the United States. A huge opportunity exists to mitigate fossil fuel consumption in this sector, and it has yet to be exploited.
    That energy usage can be cut in half with energy efficiency upgrades to existing buildings.

    Retrofitting existing commercial buildings for energy efficiency is one of the greatest opportunities facing the building industry. If our existing buildings in the U.S. were a nation, its energy consumption would rank third after China and the U.S. More than a trillion dollars is currently flowing out of our buildings in the form of wasted energy.

    Eighty percent of the today’s commercial square footage will be standing and operating in 2030.

    Filibuster reform now. No more Gentleman's agreements.

    by bear83 on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 09:07:42 AM PST

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