E Source: U.S. businesses annually waste $60 billion on energy expenses

By: Steve Monday November 5, 2012 0 comments Tags: Beth Hartman, Boulder, E Source, Google

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BOULDER - A new E Source report finds U.S. businesses annually waste more than $60 billion on energy, presenting significant opportunities for utilities  to increase enrollment in their energy-efficiency programs.

The report includes energy-use data from a variety of industries, including restaurants, health care, manufacturing, retail, data centers, education and government.

Beth Hartman, author of the report, said Google's data centers use more energy than 200,000 homes.

"Utilities can use startling industry statistics on energy waste like this one to get their business customers to pay attention to energy," Hartman said.

"By presenting information in terms that make sense to business owners, utilities can help persuade customers to participate in energy-efficiency programs."

E Source found restaurants are among the worst offenders, with nearly 80 percent of the $10 billion spent annually by the commercial food service sector lost to inefficient cooking methods. Health care is another big waster of energy, the report said, using twice as much energy per square foot as office buildings.

For more information, visit www.esource.com.



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