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Energy efficient practices at Rapid City Regional Hospital are getting spotlighted by the EPA.

On Tuesday, Regional Health announced its flagship hospital was awarded an energy star certification from the federal environment regulatory agency for voluntary clean energy initiatives.  

According to the EPA, "energy star" honorees use 35 percent less energy and generate 35 percent fewer greenhouse gasses than similar buildings.

Among the practices are upgrades to efficient LED power, "smart" lights activated when someone enters a room and campus-wide reductions to water consumption.

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“We took these measures because we want to be good stewards of the planet, but the energy star certification is a very nice recognition of our efforts,” said Wes Paxton, Regional Health Vice President of Facilities Management.

A voluntary program started in 1992, the energy star distinction is credited with saving $430 billion on energy bills for American families and businesses, the EPA said in a statement. 

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