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PUC efforts pay off in reducing energy consumption

An energy efficiency policy the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada implemented to reduce their overall energy consumption has saved more than $7,800 over the past year, officials reported in a press statement.

Several simple and inexpensive energy saving ideas were implemented that resulted in decreases of 23 percent in electricity and 25 percent in natural gas costs.

“This project helped the PUC save each month even though the overall cost per therm and kilowatt increased,” said Commission Secretary Cyrstal Jackson. “Some employees even suggested they are changing their energy use in their homes or businesses as a result.”

Ideas were as simple as putting on a sweater, opening/closing office blinds, or turning off lights when leaving the room. Other measures included replacing less efficient appliances with Energy Star products, installing programmable thermostats and motion sensing lights, and reducing overhead lighting.

Many of these conservation measures came from a building optimization assessment that Sierra Pacific Power Company helped conduct, as well as a survey that identified energy use behavior by PUC employees. An energy efficiency team studied these observations and decided to concentrate on items that could be implemented with little or no cost. Team members encouraged employee change through personal office visits, phone calls, e-mails and an incentive program that rewarded “star” employees.

The result was minimal out-of-pocket expenses and substantial savings. Companies may be eligible for energy saving through Sure Bet, a SPPC commercial incentive program that provides businesses with payments for energy effiency upgrades.


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