Data Centers

Data Centers

In the United States, data centers consume about over 70 billion kWh of electricity per year, close to 2% of all U.S. electricity use, and are growing users of energy as more information is shared and stored online.  If all U.S. data centers were 20% more efficient, we could save about 14 billion kWh by 2020 as a nation. That translates to roughly $1.4 billion in cost savings.

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Better Buildings programs host interactive webinars featuring a variety of topics exploring cost-effective ways to integrate energy savings into their daily building operations. 

Better Buildings Summit

Join 900+ attendees and speakers May 15-17 in Washington D.C. to exchange best practices and proven solutions in energy efficiency.

Better Buildings SWAP

Watch the cities of Atlanta and Boston as they swap energy teams to improve the energy efficiency of the busiest airport in the world and one of the nation's oldest libraries.

Featured Solutions

This guide intends to help data center owners and operators implement a metering system that allows their organizations to gather the necessary data for effective decision-making and energy-efficiency improvements.
Dave Breland of Intuit talks about his company's strategies for achieving their Better Buildings goal.
This implementation model describes how Citi used an innovative third-party energy services agreement to deliver efficient electricity and cooling at its London data center, and plans to implement this model at other U.S. facilities in the future.
Due to the nature of business at Sprint, 87% of electricity consumption by the company derives from the Sprint Network. This Kansas City building houses legacy wireline, data, and core wireless network equipment.
This presentation addresses the challenges encountered while implementing energy efficiency improvements in existing data centers within multi-use buildings. 
This presentation addresses the barriers associated with challenging a business-as-usual approach where energy efficiency often takes a back seat to concerns about reliability.

Other Resources


Read how the Better Buildings Challenge a voluntary leadership initiative is bringing together leading CEOs and executives of U.S. companies, universities, school districts, multifamily residential organizations, and state and local government to make a public commitment to energy efficiency. 
Read about the importance of accelerating energy efficiency in our nation's data centers, including frequently asked questions and an overview of the available partnership programs.

Fact Sheets

Leading CEOs and executives of U.S. companies, universities, school districts, multifamily organizations, and state and local government are taking the Better Buildings Challenge to reduce energy use across their building portfolios by 20 percent in ten years.
This factsheet provides information on the program and how your organization can join and become a data center accelerator partner.


Data center managers are increasingly looking to renewable forms of energy to power their operations. This presentation gives an overview of types of renewable energy, avenues for assistance in developing renewable projects, and ways to evaluate the financial feasibility of renewable energy projects.
IT equipment can be a significant driver for energy use in data centers. This presentation describes new trends and advancements in IT energy efficiency that can help data center managers cut energy costs.
Intelligent metering is a prerequisite to effectively managing energy use in data centers. This presentation details metering options for different data center configurations to help facilities managers calculate their data centers' power usage effectiveness.
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) boasts the most energy efficient data center in the world. This presentation describes the data center, its energy efficient features, and how it was built.


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