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Ways to Save Money on Your Energy Bill While Working from Home

March means two things: 1) In most places across the country the temperature is relatively mild and comfortable outside. 2) COVID-19 has spread globally and is now affecting us here in the U.S. While much of the country (and globe) are on lock down, there is without a...

Actions Cities Can Take to Support Energy Efficiency in Texas

There are a number of reasons why city governments would want to identify and implement energy efficiency opportunities. Energy, water, and wastewater utility costs can represent a significant portion of a city’s operating expenses. Every public entity has a laundry...

Step 1: Have a Plan

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” ― Benjamin Franklin As we discussed in the introduction, there are many reasons why a local government may want to pursue energy efficiency internally and support community energy efficiency goals. Having a plan to...

Step 2: Breakdown Silos

Managing municipal energy use often requires coordination of a variety of departments within the city government including finance, accounting, procurement, facilities, and sustainability departments. Communicating and coordinating energy management goals and plans...

Step 3: Track Energy Data and Benchmark Performance

When it comes to building energy use, a commonly repeated adage is: You can’t manage what you don’t measure. Building energy benchmarking is the process of measuring a building’s energy use and comparing performance to similar buildings. Benchmarking provides local...

Step 4: Take Advantage of Resources Available to Local Governments

Setting up a new energy management program, or growing existing efforts can seem daunting. Building buy in, collecting data, evaluating energy efficiency opportunities, and finding funding is a lot to add to the plate of busy city staff. Fortunately, there are many...