Energy efficiency creates many sources of value beyond just cutting energy costs. Though hard to quantify and monetize, these real benefits are often worth far more than the saved energy.
Simply put, better working and living conditions provide greater value. An analysis of the small yet growing ensemble of green buildings suggests that U.S. buildings labeled under the LEED or ENERGY STAR system charge 3% higher rent, have greater occupancy rates, and sell for 13% more than comparable properties.
Looking Beyond Lower Energy Costs
Beyond the immediately apparent benefits of energy savings and cost reductions, highly efficient buildings can infer a range of additional benefits. Health and productivity benefits in particular can often account for significant savings that are even greater than the entire energy budget.