(Paul Sakuma)

Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America (Allianz Life) earned, for the third consecutive year in a row, the Energy Star certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The award acknowledges attention to energy performance and has recognized Allianz Life’s headquarters in Golden Valley, Minnesota as among the most energy efficiency in US.

Allianz Life scored 92 out of 100, placing it in the top eight percent of buildings of the same size across the nation. On average, Energy Star buildings average 35 percent less energy, therefore releasing 35 percent less carbon dioxide. Energy saved at this rate is enough to power over 300 homes. It also saves the company over half a million dollars a year.

In order to earn and maintain the certification for their headquarters over the last three years, Allianz Life changed light bulbs to reduce wattage in all areas; changed core operating hours to 6:00 am – 6:00pm; turned off heating/cooling systems over the weekends and parking ramp lights at night; installed motion sensors in the auditorium so that the air conditioning only is activated when needed and closed blinds on hot days in order to reduce the amount of heat that enters the building in turn lowering the use of air conditioning.

“Energy conservation is important for the environment, but it’s also good for our business, allowing us to run more efficiently and contribute more to our community,” said Allianz Life President and CEO Walter White.