Feb 29, 201212:45 PMDaily Biz Briefs
State employees encouraged to use less, save more energy
Reducing energy use in state government buildings is among Gov. Chris Gregoire's initiatives to save taxpayer dollars and conserve natural resources.
March to Savings, coordinated by state agencies and led by the WSU Energy Program, will run next month.
Videos, webinars, personalized training and a technical assistance hotline will help office workers, procurement officers, field agents and building operators make several no-cost or low-cost changes to save energy and money.
The Enterprise Services Energy Program has managed statewide projects that have saved more than 198 million kilowatt-hours of electricity and enabled public agencies and taxpayers to avoid more than $110 million in utility costs.
Since 2006, state government has reduced electricity use on the Capitol Campus by almost one-third. Many agencies have reduced building energy costs with retrofit projects, leveraging innovative public-private partnerships with companies, including utilities, that offer incentives and other funding to help pay for these investments in energy efficiency.