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LA has the most Energy Star buildings in U.S.

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For the fourth year running, Los Angeles will rank first among all cities for the highest number of Energy Star Certified buildings in America.

According to the annual report released by the Environmental Protection Agency this week, Southern California alone boasts 930 Energy Star certified buildings across Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Diego, saving an estimated $186 million in utility bills annually. Overall, California has six cities on the list, including San Jose, Sacramento and San Francisco.

"More and more organizations are discovering the value of Energy Star as they work to cut costs and reduce their energy use," said EPA administrator Lisa P. Jackson in a press release. "This year marked the twentieth anniversary of the Energy Star program, and today Energy Star certified buildings in cities across America are helping to strengthen local economies and protect the planet for decades to come."

On average, Energy Star certified buildings use 35 percent less energy and carbon dioxide emissions than your basic building.