Wednesday, December 15, 2010

DOE Installs Cool Roof, Saves Taxpayers $2,000 in Energy Costs

Secretary of Energy Steven Chu today announced the completion of a new 25,000-square-foot cool roof on the Department of Energy's headquarters west building in Washington, DC. The design added no extra cost to the roof replacement project, and is projected to save taxpayers an annual $2,000 in energy costs. Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab estimate that if just over three quarters of our nation's commercial buildings were retrofitted with cool roofs, the U.S. would save enough energy on air-conditioning to reduce CO2 emissions by about 6 million metric tons each year. That's like taking more than a million cars off the road. More>