After cutting the power bill by $7,000 in the past year, among other things, the NCUA has received ENERGY STAR certification at its headquarters in Alexandria, Va.
The General Services Administration requires agencies leasing space outside a GSA-owned property to attain an ENERGY STAR rating of at latest 75. The NCUA met all four necessary standards for certification in energy performance, thermal comfort, indoor air quality and illumination levels, the agency said, and received an 86 out of 100.
“Our greeNCUA initiative has promoted greater energy efficiency, waste reduction and other efforts to reduce NCUA’s environmental footprint,” said NCUA Chairman Debbie Matz said.
“Recent renovations to NCUA’s central office, including lighting system upgrades, helped the agency obtain the certification. In the last year, NCUA has reduced its electricity bills by about $7,000,” Matz said in this week’s announcement.
ENERGY STAR is a voluntary EPA program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect the environment through improved energy efficiency. The certification is annual and Matz said the agency already is working to keep its rating next year.