August 11, 2009
In a positive step toward improving energy efficiency and reducing energy use, Brook Furniture Rental has taken the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) ENERGY STAR Challenge.
"At Brook Furniture Rental, we are committed to taking many steps to improve energy efficiency. There are many opportunities to reduce energy use and become more efficient in how we use resources," said Bob Crawford, President of Brook Furniture Rental. "By making energy-efficient choices, we can reduce our energy use and save money while protecting the environment."
The ENERGY STAR Challenge, launched by EPA in March 2005, calls for an energy efficiency improvement of 10 percent or more for the more than 5 million commercial and industrial buildings in the United States. Energy is often generated by burning fossil fuels, which emits greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming. Forty-five percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are caused by buildings and industrial facilities. Making more efficient use of energy is the best starting point for reducing our carbon footprint and saving money.
Crawford also noted that "the potential savings are staggering. EPA estimates that if the energy efficiency of commercial and industrial buildings in the U.S. improved 10 percent, Americans would reduce greenhouse gas emissions equal to those from about 30 million vehicles while saving about $20 billion.* The ENERGY STAR Challenge is a win-win for us and for other businesses looking to save energy and improve the bottom line. Through ENERGY STAR, EPA provides the tools and resources to help us strategically manage our energy use."
Today, leading companies realize that energy efficiency is not only the first step to being green, but is also smart business. Energy efficiency improvements can yield a high return on investment and are necessary in order to remain competitive. Businesses, organizations, and governments that are leaders in energy efficiency use about 30 percent less energy than their competitors.
Brook Furniture Rental aims to be the leading furniture rental company in the industry as it relates to sustainability, beneficial environmental business practices, and operating efficiency. In addition to focusing on high quality furniture and reliable, responsive customer service, the company has made a commitment to being good stewards of natural resources.
ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 60 different kinds of products, new homes, and commercial and industrial buildings. Products and buildings that have earned the ENERGY STAR designation prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the government. Last year alone, Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved about $19 billion on their energy bills while reducing the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of 29 million vehicles.
* Sources: Energy Information Administration. "2003 CBECS Detailed Tables. Table C4A. Expenditures for Sum of Major Fuels for All Buildings, 2003." December 2006. 1 June 2007. Energy Information Administration. "2002 Energy Consumption by Manufacturers - Data Tables. Table 7.9 Expenditures for Purchased Energy Sources, 2002." 2002. 1 June 2007. Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas and Sinks: 1990-2005. "USEPA #430-R-07-002, Table 2-16: U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Economic Sector and Gas with Electricity-Related Emissions." April 2007. 14 June 2007. From Table 2-16 US Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Economic Sector (CPPD Approved Source) Commercial Total CO2 = 1024.98 mmt Industrial - Electricity Related Only CO2 = 679.7 mmt Total CO2 = 1704.68 mmt Using US Climate Technology Cooperation Gateway Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator (CPPD Approved Source/Calculator) 1704.68 Million Metric Tons CO2 = 304,951,699 vehicles; 10% reduction for Challenge = approximately 30 million vehicles (Source: EPA).