Minneapolis -- Best Buy has exceeded its goal of reducing energy consumption by 20% by 2020 as part of the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge issued by President Barack Obama in 2011.
The company, the first retailer to participate in the DOE’s Better Buildings Challenge, has reduced its energy use by 24% in less than three years across 47 million sq. ft. of buildings across the United States. Best Buy credited the reduction to better operational controls, skylights and a dimmable fluorescent lighting system to harvest daylight.
The Better Buildings Challenge was launched in December 2011 by President Obama to boost energy efficiency by 20% in the next 10 years for participating U.S. commercial, industrial and apartment buildings. The program has more than 170 corporate partners, who are encouraged to share their solutions to cutting energy use. The program is designed to increase the energy efficiency of commercial and industrial buildings through technical and financial assistance.