According to the U.S. Department of Energy, last year, the buildings in which we live and work used nearly 40 percent of the energy in the United States at a cost of more than $400 billion. With proven ways to cut energy usage, President Obama announced the Better Buildings Initiative to make commercial buildings and homes 20 percent more energy efficient by 2020.
State and local government leaders are encouraging businesses to commit their organizations to leading the way in saving energy, saving money and showcasing the best energy saving strategies. Organizations that decide to participate in the Better Buildings Challenge, also known as challenge partners, will be responsible for implementing innovative energy efficiency solutions and providing transparency in their results, and they will be nationally recognized for their accomplishments.
Quick to jump on board, the City of San Antonio, CPS Energy and the Better Business Bureau (BBB) have joined the challenge and partnered together to create CPS Energy Savers. This $10 million initiative program, funded through the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge, will provide a seamless process to incorporate cost-effective energy improvements to homes and businesses.
The CPS Energy Savers program will create efficiencies for homeowners and businesses in San Antonio by offering energy audits to customers operating within the local CPS Energy territory. The audits will evaluate the home or building’s lighting, heating and air conditioning systems and more, resulting in a customized energy savings estimate and efficiency recommendation report.
Following the audit, BBB will serve as a trusted resource for providing local contractors to execute the recommended home and building improvements.
Since the program launched on June 6, 2011, more than 1,000 residents have already registered. The program is expected to be implemented over the next 24 months.
BBB’s mission is to be the leader in advancing marketplace trust. BBB accomplishes this mission by creating a community of trustworthy businesses, setting standards for marketplace trust, encouraging and supporting best practices, celebrating marketplace role models and denouncing substandard marketplace behavior. For more information, please contact Kristi Peña, BBB regional public relations manager, at 210-828-8752.