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 use by promoting optimal energy use without impacting tenant comfort.
Energy in the Heartland
GSA’s Heartland Region:
- Decreased energy usage by 32.8% from the fiscal year 2003 baseline, exceeding the 2015 30% reduction goal.
- Decreased energy usage 17.2% as of August 2019 over total fiscal year 2015 baseline usage.
- Received $1,139,023 in utility rebates since fiscal year 2007.
- Operates 37 smart buildings — facilities in which building automation systems and advanced metering systems on the GSA IT network to monitor real-time building performance and make energy-saving operational changes.
- For fiscal year 2020, Region 6 has 18 EPA ENERGY STAR® buildings with a rating of 75 or higher.
- Developed the targeted E4 (Energy Efficiency Expert Evaluation) building assessment and re-tuning approach to energy reduction. Since fiscal year 2012, GSA has done re-tuning assessments in 30 buildings. Due to the success of the targeted E4 assessments in Region 6, GSA adopted the approach in other regions beginning in 2014. Currently, FEMP is using this re-tuning model to introduce a Re-tuning Challenge and training workshops.
- During fiscal year 2020, GSA plans to analyze and monitor eight regional buildings using Monitoring Based Commissioning (MBCx) and standard commissioning practices and methods. This process will further define energy saving opportunities.
Helping agencies meet their energy conservation needs
Federal and non-federal customers look to GSA's energy program to get power that is cost effective and environmentally responsible. GSA partners with utility companies, national associations and nonprofit environmental organizations to share 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.
- Provides advocacy with other federal agencies.
What you can do to save energy
To help lower energy use, you 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
- Eliminate space heaters, personal refrigerators and other appliances [DOCX - 19 KB] and equipment.
The Department of Energy’s FEMP offers checklists and tools to save energy at the office and to reduce fuel costs.
For more information or help, contact Tim Morales at email@example.com.