Senior Living Pads Get Energy Star Rating

Care to spend your golden years in an energy-efficient setting? The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Energy Star program now offers certification for senior facilities (as well as 14 other types of commercial buildings), and 30 Sunrise Senior Living communities are the first to have gained certification.

As in Energy Star certified homes, these senor care facilities have demonstrated energy efficiency in the top 25 percent as compared to similar buildings nationwide. Typically, certified buildings use around 35 percent less energy than their non-certified counterparts.

image via Sunrise Senior Living

Sunrise Senior Living owns a total of 277 senior care communities in the United States, 11 percent of which now bear the coveted blue and white Energy Star seal of approval.

Sunrise Senior Living notes that there are more than 38,000 residential care communities in the United States, which spend a combined total $1.5 billion annually on energy–meaning that if each and every one of these communities reduced its energy use by 10 percent, Americans could save more than $150 million per year. (No word on whether Sunrise itself plans to pursue such energy-efficiency measures on its other 257 facilities).

EarthTechling wants your opinion! Take EarthTechling’s 3-minute reader survey and enter to win a $250 Amazon gift card.  The 2011 survey closes on April 15, 2011.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.