Chicago Archdiocese Out Front in Energy Assessment

January 28, 2016 By Carl Weinschenk

ChicagoMidwest Energy News reports on efforts to measure energy use in Chicago and two surrounding counties.

The story says that the Archdiocese of Chicago  was “among the star performers in Chicago’s energy benchmarking program” because it measured energy use in its 2,700 buildings in the city and Cook and Lake counties. The story says that The Chicago Housing Authority, Swedish Covenant Hospital and downtown commercial buildings scored well in the program as well.

The report from the study suggests that as much as $184 million could be saved annually in the 1,840 buildings from 77 city neighborhoods that were assessed.

The archdiocese used the Energy Star Portfolio Manager to track usage and building characteristics. In 2014, the archdiocese spent about $13.5 million on electricity and $16 million on gas. These details originally were reported in the Chicago Tribune.

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