Metro Area Saves On Electricity | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Metro Area Saves On Electricity

Play associated audio

By Sabri Ben-Achour

The D.C. Metro area is receiving high marks for the energy efficiency of it's buildings.

D.C. and its suburbs rank second in the nation for the number of Energy-Star qualified buildings, it has 204 of them. The Environmental Protection Agency created the Energy-Star rating system. It's often seen on appliances, but it's used for buildings as well. It specifically focuses on energy savings. Maura Beard is with the Energy Star program.

"So if you take a look inside an Energy Star building, it's everything from the lighting to how the building is run, making sure it's not heating and cooling when the building's unoccupied, but it's also the actions of the tenants," says Beard.

So, for example, whether or not people in the building unplug their cellphone chargers or leave their computers running. The energy efficiency ranking is meant to give a picture of cost savings, the EPA estimates the D.C. metro area saved more than $60 million in heating and electricity bills in 2009. Only Los Angeles scored higher.

NPR

'Battle Creek' Tries To Shake Up CBS' Cop Show Formula

CBS' new cop show Battle Creek is based on a 12-year-old script by Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan. It's among three new network shows that aim to reinvent old TV concepts.
NPR

Italian Cheese Lovers Find Their Bovine Match Through 'Adopt A Cow'

The cheeses of the Italian Alps are prized for their flavor. But the tradition of cheese-making here is dying off. Now remaining farmers are banding together around an unusual adoption program.
NPR

How Is Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's Washington Visit Playing In Israel?

The prime minister is headed to Washington to address Congress despite objections from the White House. Host Arun Rath speaks with NPR's Emily Harris iabout how Israelis regard the controversial trip.
NPR

A Neuroscientist Weighs In: Why Do We Disagree On The Color Of The Dress?

Robert Siegel speaks with Dr. Bevil Conway, a neuroscientist at Wellesley College, about the dress that has the whole Internet asking: What color is it?

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.