Energy Conservation Services
Energy Conservation Services
Federal agencies are required to meet energy and water management goals mandated through Executive Orders, legislation and other requirements. GSA’s Heartland Region has strategic energy management programs that reduce utility costs and energy consumption by promoting optimal energy use without impacting tenant comfort.
Energy in the Heartland
GSA’s Heartland Region:
- Decreased energy usage by 19.1 percent since 2003.
- Received $621,000 in utility rebates since 2007.
- Purchased 17 percent of electricity from renewable sources in FY 2013 -- up from 12 percent the previous fiscal year.
- Has 42 Smart Buildings -- facilities in which building automation systems and advanced metering systems reside on the GSA IT Network to allow for real-time building performance monitoring and energy-saving operational changes.
- Has 12 EPA ENERGY STAR buildings.
- In conjunction with the Energy Department’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, developed the Targeted E4 building assessment and re-tuning approach to energy reduction that will be implemented in 18 GSA facilities nationwide in 2014.
- Due to Targeted E4 efforts, expects energy savings of 4 to 17 percent at each of the following facilities:
- Robert J. Dole U.S. Courthouse;
- Charles Evans Whittaker U.S. Courthouse;
- Rush Hudson Limbaugh Sr. U.S. Courthouse;
- U.S. Courthouse in Wichita, Kan.;
- Robert V. Denney Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse;
- Richard Bolling Federal Building; and
- Edward Zorinsky Federal Building.
- Awarded one of the first Energy Savings Performance Contracts through GSA’s National Deep Energy Retrofit program at the Goodfellow Federal Center in St. Louis.
In 2013, the U.S. Courthouse in Wichita, Kan., won the DOE Federal Energy Management Program’s Better Buildings Award competition by achieving a 20 percent energy reduction in one year. Other 2012 and 2013 competition finalists from the Heartland Region include:
- Robert V. Denney Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, Lincoln, Neb.
- Richard Bolling Federal Building, Kansas City, Mo.
- Charles Evans Whittaker U.S. Courthouse, Kansas City, Mo.
- Neal Smith Federal Building, Des Moines, Iowa
- Frank Carlson Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse, Topeka, Kan.
The Iowa Field Office in Des Moines and its director, Doug Papineau, received the prestigious 2013 ENERGY STAR® Leader/Top Performer designation for high energy efficiency at federal facilities across the state.
- In a 2012 ENERGY STAR competition, two Heartland buildings were among 15 GSA facilities nationwide that combined to save nearly $1 million taxpayer dollars. The Neal Smith building reduced its energy usage by 23.4 percent, and the Federal Building in Grand Island, Neb., decreased 21.5 percent.
Helping Agencies Meet their Energy Needs
Federal and non-federal customers look to GSA's energy program to procure green and non-green power that is cost effective and environmentally responsible. GSA partners with investor-owned utility companies, national associations and nonprofit environmental organizations to disseminate information on energy-related issues. In the Heartland Region, GSA:
- Provides guidance on the use of GSA's area-wide contracts with utility companies;
- Studies energy usage and energy data; and
- Provides advocacy with other federal agencies.
What You Can Do to Save Energy
- To help lower energy consumption, federal and private sector employees can:
- Turn off computers and other equipment at the end of each workday; Configure computer equipment to enter power save mode after 10 minutes of inactivity;
- Use task and office lighting purposefully; and
- Eliminate space heaters, personal refrigerators and other appliances and equipment.
- The Department of Energy’s Federal Energy Management Program offers checklists and tools to save energy at the office and to reduce fuel costs.