Darien’s Webster Bank leads New England in energy reduction efforts

Webster Bank’s facility in Darien led all New England buildings by reducing its energy use by 26.2% and saving $2,000 a year.

In a competition in which more than 3,000 buildings across the country went head-to-head to see which one could reduce its energy use the most over the course of one year, buildings located in New England states made significant strides on energy savings. Building managers made smart energy conservation decisions in areas including improvements in operations and maintenance, and upgrades in equipment and technology.

In addition to energy reductions, more than 300 competitors also tracked and reduced their water consumption with help from EPA’s WaterSense program. Leading the pack was another Webster Bank office in Brockton, Mass., which reduced its water use by 80%.

“The cheapest energy is the energy we don’t use, and as we look for ways to reduce our impact on the planet and boost the economy, cutting energy costs is one of the smartest things we can do,” said Congressman Jim Himes.

“I congratulate Webster Bank on leading the pack in reducing energy use and look forward to seeing many businesses follow suit,” Himes said.

A total of 324 New England facilities entered the Competition including 173 from Connecticut, 76 from Massachusetts, 20 from Maine, 15 from New Hampshire, 23 from Rhode Island, and 17 from Vermont.

More info: energystar.gov/BattleOfTheBuildings

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