20 Jan '12, 1pm

Energy Efficiency Gains Star Power

Energy Efficiency Gains Star Power

Clean technology may have been a political hot potato in 2011, but energy efficiency is becoming downright cool. A major overhaul at the iconic Empire State Building helped raise the profile of energy efficiency. That project -- which included replacing 6,500 windows, adding insulation, upgrading lighting, and installing a digital wireless monitoring system -- is powering a 38 percent annual energy reduction and $4.4 million in annual savings. Publicity surrounding the project -- from the likes of Presidents Clinton and Obama, not to mention major flogging by the companies and nonprofits involved with the $13 million project -- amounts to a towering achievement for energy efficiency, which has remained in the background, an unheralded hero, for years. The Empire State Building wasn't the only aging star getting an energy makeover. Sixty-odd blocks downtown, the 104-year-ol...

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