More than 5,500 individual buildings across the United States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico competed in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s fifth annual Energy Star Battle of the Buildings Competition: Team Challenge. Together, the competitors saved more than $50 million, cut their energy use by more than two billion kBtus, and prevented more than 250,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions—equal to the annual energy use of more than 37,000 homes. Competitors reduced their energy use an average of 6 percent, equivalent to an average savings of nearly $20,000 per building.

A Woodville, Ala., team consisting of a town hall, community center, chapel, co-op building and wastewater treatment plant took home the top award by cutting its average energy use by 25 percent. The 741-person town achieved the greatest energy reduction of 100 teams during a 12-month period. For more information, visit www.energystar.gov/BattleOfTheBuildings.