Office of Sustainability Newsroom
Kilowatt Crackdown Rewards Energy Efficient Buildings
Tuesday October 21, 2008
Promising that “going green saves green,” Mayor Jerry Abramson today encouraged business owners and building managers to join a yearlong energy efficiency contest. The Louisville Kilowatt Crackdown requires commercial buildings to report monthly energy usage and encourages facilities to figure out ways to become more efficient.
“The Kilowatt Crackdown is designed to show businesses that thoughtful changes in a building’s energy use can make a big difference in the budget,” Abramson said. “Improving efficiency isn’t just the right thing to do for the environment; it’s often the right thing to do for the ledger sheet.”
Jefferson County Public Schools announced today that 150 school buildings will be entered into the contest, bringing the current total of buildings to 180. Building managers may sign up for the Kilowatt Crackdown through Oct. 31.
According to EPA’s ENERGY STAR program, commercial buildings use $200 billion worth of electricity and natural gas annually and are responsible for nearly 50 percent of national emissions of greenhouse gases.
Five commercial real estate associations – the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), International Facility Management Association (IFMA), Certified Commercial Investment Members (CCIM), Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) – partnered with the Kentucky Department of Energy Development and Metro Government to create the Louisville Energy Alliance (LEA). LEA is sponsoring the 12-month Kilowatt Crackdown.
LEA and ENERGY STAR will provide all the necessary tools and training – free of charge – so building managers may properly assess their buildings’ energy usage and determine ways to make improvements. LG&E has agreed to provide energy use records over the past year for all Kilowatt Crackdown participants. The highest-performing buildings and those showing the most improvement in efficiency will receive awards for their work.
Last year, ENERGY STAR adopted Louisville as a new model partner – one of only a few in the country. That specialized partnership launched an aggressive effort to make Metro Government facilities more energy efficient. In March, the city launched its Go Green Louisville! initiative, which includes goals of reducing energy and fuel consumption. Louisville’s efforts are outlined on ENERGY STAR’s website, encouraging other cities to follow Louisville’s lead www.energystar.gov/challenge.
“Louisville is doing a great job of leading by example,” said Leslie Cook, Program Manager with EPA's ENERGY STAR Program. “The Louisville Kilowatt Crackdown reaches out to the business community and truly makes them partners in the effort to protect our environment while cutting energy costs."