Pennsylvania commercial energy use at a glance

(STACKER) – When asked about the things in their life that use energy, people might think of items in their own home, such as bedroom lamps, ceiling fans, refrigerators, and stoves. They may not immediately think of the items that consume energy in all the other places they visit regularly. However, commercial buildings such as grocery stores, restaurants, offices, warehouses, and small retail stores all use a significant amount of energy to conduct their day-to-day operations.

Of the more than 6 million commercial buildings in the US, the Department of Energy has data on 130,000 with an average energy use of 207,000 British thermal units per square foot per year. Compare that to the 723,000 residential buildings with reported data that have an average energy use of 67,000 Btus per square foot per year. To assess energy use, the energy department calculates source energy, which represents the total amount of energy required to operate the building, including energy production and transmission. It is widely recognized as the fairest way to compare the energy performance of buildings.

A commercial building’s efficiency, measured in terms of energy consumption per square foot of space, depends on many factors. As with residential buildings, the type of windows, insulation, HVAC systems, and more can affect the energy requirements to operate a building. In addition to these considerations, commercial building operators must also consider the type of mechanical or industrial equipment they use, the number of hours the building is occupied, and whether the building contains materials that must be contained in specific environmental conditions. All of these aspects and more can alter the energy required for the building to perform its function.

LED Lighting Supply has compiled statistics on commercial energy use per building in Pennsylvania using data from the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Building Performance Database. Read on to learn more about your state’s commercial energy use.

Pennsylvania is the #29 state with the lowest identified commercial energy use

– 4,502 commercial buildings in the database
— Average commercial energy use: 219,000 BTUs per square foot per year
– 497 buildings for grocery, catering and grocery stores
— Average energy consumption for food: 601,000 BTUs
– 969 retail and service buildings
— Average retail energy consumption: 193,000 BTU
– 875 office buildings
— Average energy consumption for offices: 177,000 BTU

This story originally appeared on LED Lighting Supply and was produced and distributed in partnership with Stacker Studio. Pennsylvania commercial energy use at a glance

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