July 9, 2008

Energy Department Receives an EPA Award

The U.S. Department of Energy says it has received a plaque from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognizing its energy conservation practices.

Energy Department officials said the EPA certified the department's Forrestal headquarters building as an Energy Star building.

The Forrestal building uses 40 percent less energy than the average office building, saving taxpayers thousands of dollars in energy bills and preventing the release of 28 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions each year, the Energy Department said.

The U.S. Department of Energy is committed to reducing our energy consumption and using more energy efficient technologies -- everything from energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs to driving alternative fuel vehicles, said Energy Department Secretary Samuel Bodman said.

The EPA said commercial buildings earning its Energy Star designation must demonstrate low utility usage in electricity, gas and steam; have good indoor air quality and good indoor temperature.

Officials noted the federal government is the largest single user of energy in the United States and the Energy Department is the second-largest energy consumer of all civilian federal agencies.