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Fast Facts on Commercial Energy Use

Posted on Monday, November 12th, 2012 at 5:21 pm by Solar Energy USA

Facts about Energy Use in Commercial and Industrial Facilities:

  • Combined number of commercial buildings (4.8 million) and industrial facilities (350,000) in the United States: Over 5 million
  • Combined annual energy costs for U.S. commercial buildings ($107.9 billion) and industrial facilities ($94.4 billion): $202.3 billion dollars
  • Portion of energy in buildings used inefficiently or unnecessarily: 30 percent
  • Combined percentage of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions generated by commercial buildings (17 percent) and industrial facilities (28 percent): 45 percent
  • Percentage of energy use reduction targeted by ENERGY STAR Challenge: 10 percent
  • Amount of money that would be saved if the energy efficiency of commercial and industrial buildings improved by 10 percent: $20 billion dollars
  • Amount of greenhouse gas emissions that would be reduced if the energy efficiency of commercial and industrial buildings improved by 10 percent: Equal to about 30 million vehicles
  • Number of registered automobiles in Illinois, New York, Ohio, and Texas combined: About 30 million


Global Energy Facts:

  • The approximate energy released in the burning of a wood match: 1 BTU
  • Total energy used in the United States each year: 99.89 quadrillion BTU
  • Portion of U.S. annual energy use created by the combustion of fossil fuels: 86 percent
  • Amount of global carbon dioxide (CO2) released into the atmosphere in 2005: 6,000 million metric tons
  • U.S. contribution of global greenhouse gas emissions: About 20 percent
  • U.S. population relative to the world: 5 percent
  • Amount of greenhouse gas emissions that have increased between 1970 and 2004: 70 percent
  • Period of time in which 11 of the 12 warmest years on record have occurred: 1995 to 2006

The above information was provided by ENERGY STAR – a government backed program helping businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency.

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