Better Buildings, Better Plants Program Saves Members Millions in Energy Costs

The U.S. Department of Energy, Washington, D.C., has announced that manufacturers in its Better Buildings, Better Plants Program (Better Plants) have racked up an estimated $2.4 billion in cumulative energy-cost savings during the last five years. Across America, manufacturers spend more than $200 billion each year to power their plants. As part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to double energy productivity, American manufacturers and water and wastewater-treatment agencies made a voluntary commitment to improve energy intensity by about 25 percent over 10 years or an equally ambitious level for their sector through the Better Plants program. In fact, nine partners have met their energy-efficiency this year. They include:

  • 3M,
  • Bentley Mills,
  • Harbec,
  • Ingersoll Rand,
  • Johnson & Johnson,
  • Roche Diagnostics,
  • Shaw Industries Group Inc.,
  • Volvo Group North America,
  • Weyerhaeuser Wood Products,

During the last year, 21 new industrial partners joined the Better Plants program, including 12 water and wastewater-treatment agencies—part of a strategic expansion to increase energy efficiency across the nation’s water infrastructure. Close to 160 industrial organizations representing more than 2,400 facilities are partnering with the Energy Department through Better Plants. Together, these partners consume about 2.2 quadrillion Btus of energy, which is approximately 11.4 percent of the U.S. manufacturing sector’s total use, or about the same as the state of Tennessee’s annual energy consumption.

“When companies save energy, they also save money and reduce harmful carbon pollution,” says Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz. “This is especially true in the manufacturing sector, where energy costs are often a significant contributor to total operating costs. Manufacturers participating in the Better Plants program, including our new partners in the water and wastewater-treatment sector, are leading the way in showing how energy efficiency is a smart business strategy, as well as a smart conservation strategy that will help to protect our environment for future generations.”

The plants’ accomplishments are summarized in the Energy Department’s Fall 2015 Better Plants Progress Update at

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