List: Cities with the most energy efficient buildings

Los Angeles ranks first on the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2014 list of top U.S. metropolitan areas with the most Energy Star certified buildings.

Certified buildings use an average 35 percent less energy and 35 percent less carbon dioxide emissions, according to the EPA.

Other high-ranking cities included Atlanta, San Francisco and New York. In Ohio, Columbus and Cincinnati made the list, but Cleveland did not.

Energy Star certified building use nearly two times less energy per square foot than average office buildings and cost 50 cents less per square foot.

The data shows more than 23,000 commercial buildings across America earned the EPA’s Energy Star certification by the end of 2013, saving more than $3.1 billion on utility bills.

Office buildings, K-12 schools and retail stores are among the commercial buildings that prevented greenhouse emissions equal to the annual electricity use from 2.2 million homes.

Washington D.C. has held onto second place for the fifth consecutive year.

Here’s a closer look at the list. 

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