Whopping commercial energy waste great for utilities


Recent E Source research reveals that U.S businesses are huge energy hogs, wasting more than $60 billion in energy annually.

This is bad news for commercial businesses but great news for utilities. This wastefulness presents significant opportunities for utilities to increase enrollment in energy-efficiency programs.

"Did you know that Google's data centers use more energy than 200,000 houses? Utilities can use startling industry statistics on energy waste like this one to get their business customers to pay attention to energy," said Beth Hartman, senior research associate and report author for E Source. "By presenting information in terms that make sense to business owners, utilities can help persuade customers to participate in energy-efficiency programs."

The research says that restaurants are the worst offenders with E Source found that restaurants are among the worst offenders, using nearly 80 percent of the $10 billion annually spent by the commercial food service sector due to inefficient cooking methods. The research also found that, on average, per square foot hospitals use twice as much energy as office buildings.

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