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    Consumption

    • Buildings are responsible for 40% of total annual U.S. energy consumption (by comparison, the transportation sector consumes 28%; industry consumes 32%)
    • Of total U.S. resources, buildings use about 70% of electricity, 60% of raw materials (excluding food and fuel), 53% of natural gas, 12% of potable water, and 8% of petroleum
    • Over $80 billion dollars are spent every year on electricity and natural gas in buildings
    • Lighting alone comprises nearly a quarter of a building’s total energy consumption


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