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Washington, DC - The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Better Buildings Interior Lighting Campaign (ILC) recently recognized 15 organizations for leading the way in upgrading their interior lighting and control systems. These partners, along with those recognized in the last two years, have newly installed or upgraded more than 2.8 million lighting fixtures and controls system - cutting energy use on average by 54% and saving $68 million on energy bills.

On average, lighting accounts for 15% - 20% of the electricity that U.S. buildings consume annually, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration's Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey. Case studies conducted by DOE over the course of the ILC estimate that building owners or managers can save up to 60% in energy costs when replacing less efficient troffers with new ones, and up to 80% of lighting energy by adding controls such as dimmers, timers, and occupancy sensors.

DOE is recognizing the following organizations this year for a combined self-reported $33 million in energy-cost savings by upgrading almost 1.4 million lighting systems to high efficiency systems:

Better Buildings aims to make commercial, public, industrial, and residential buildings 20% more energy efficient over the next decade. Through Better Buildings, DOE partners with leaders in the public and private sectors to make the nation’s homes, commercial buildings, and industrial plants more energy efficient by accelerating investment and sharing of successful best practices.