Before I digress too much, here's a key sentence from the National Automobile Dealers Association ( NADA) guide to running a cleaner, greener sales office: "All dealerships have the potential to reduce energy costs by at least 20 percent." Really? Even Pat Lobb Toyota?
Anyway, the NADA's 33-page "Putting Energy into Profits" guide ( PDF) tells us that dealerships use more energy per square foot than "prime office space," 110 kBTU vs. 93 kBTU (and how about office space on the other side of the tracks? That's classified, apparently). The guide gives dozens of examples where dealerships can be made more energy efficient (all the way down to more efficient exit signs). The NADA also offers dealers an Energy Star challenge ( PDF), which can reward dealers who cut their energy use by buy things like Energy Star appliances (computer monitors, etc.). Why would this be good? The EPA says that, "if all dealerships in the U.S. were to reduce their energy consumption by just 10 percent, they would save approximately $193 million in energy costs and eliminate more than 1 million tons of greenhouse gases every year."
[Source: NADA, EPA]