Green Stories Archive
City Energy Conservation Actions
We’ve always been green, and this year we’re increasing our efforts to save energy, reduce costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We plan to take steps to meet this goal without causing too much disruption to City staff and others who use City buildings.
Heating and Cooling
This year, we’re proposing the following changes to the heating and cooling systems of City buildings:
- During regular business hours thermostats will be set at 70 degrees during the winter season and 75 degrees during the summer.
- After business hours temperatures will decrease to 60-65 degrees during the winter and will be completely shut off during the summer.
- Review of temperatures and schedules will be done on a seasonal basis during the year.
- Operations Services will help troubleshoot heating or cooling systems that are not working properly.
Lighting and More
In addition, we’re making progress on several other projects that will help increase energy savings:
- Energy–efficient lighting upgrade in all City facilities
- Skylights in several City facilities
- Upgrading building insulation
- Energy–efficient boilers at Mulberry Pool and City Park Pool
- Energy–efficient heating units at Mulberry Pool
Top 10 Things City Staff Can Do to Help
- Turn off the lights when leaving a room, even if it’s for just 2 minutes. If you see lights on in unoccupied areas, turn them off.
- Say NO to personal refrigerators, microwaves and coffee pots.
- Contact Operations Services if you feel your area is too bright or the lighting control system is not working properly.
- Turn off your computer when you leave for the day. Turn off your monitor when you leave your office. Contact MIS for implementing other PC energy conservation strategies.
- Turn off the coffee/teapot at 10 a.m.
- Keep thermostat settings at the proposed standards.
- Replace incandescent lamps with compact fluorescent lamps.
- Dress accordingly because building temperatures vary depending on weather conditions and time of day.
- Say NO to space heaters because they are a serious fire threat and costly to operate. (If absolutely necessary, Operations Services has some options. Give us a call.)
- Be an energy champion in your building!