Energy Star announces EPA 2011 Energy Star National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings. In the spirit of popular weight-loss competitions, teams from 245 buildings across the country will battle it out to reduce building energy use. They will benchmark their building’s monthly energy use with Portfolio Manager, make improvements to their energy performance, and share progress. In late July, EPA will narrow down the field to a select group of finalists. Among this group of finalists, the competitor that reduces its energy use the most on a percentage basis will be recognized by EPA as the winner in November.
Actor John Corbett is the spokesperson for this year’s event. Corbett, who is well known for his roles in “Northern Exposure,” and “My Big Fat Green Wedding,” recorded a video to kick off the competition; watch it at www.energystar.gov/BattleOfTheBuildings.” The 2011 Energy Star National Building Competition spokesperson is provided by JC Penney, EPA’s co-sponsor for these events.
On this same competition website, (www.energystar.gov/BattleOfTheBuildings), browse through a live Twitter feed, look up profiles of all competitors using interactive flash wall, and read up on energy-saving tips.
For more ideas and strategies for energy savings, check out the competitor forum on Facebook. Here, teams will exchange ideas, share tips and advice, and seek answers to their questions. Join in on the conversation at: http://www.facebook.com/energystar.