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 32.8 percent in FY2015 (since FY2003), exceeding the goal of -30 percent by 2.8 percent;
- Has decreased energy usage 9.32 percent as of FY2017 (Executive Order 13693 mandates agencies to decrease energy usage by 2.5 percent annually through the end of FY2025, relative to the baseline FY2015, for a total 25 percent reduction.);
- Received $1,047,279 in utility rebates (since FY2007);
- Purchased more than 26 percent of electricity from renewable sources in FY2017;
- Operates 37 smart buildings — facilities in which building automation systems (BAS) and advanced metering systems reside on the GSA IT Network to allow for real-time building performance monitoring and energy-saving operational changes;
- Currently has 24 EPA ENERGY STAR buildings with a rating of 75 or higher; and,
- Developed the Targeted E4 building assessment and re-tuning approach to energy reduction that has been implemented in 25 buildings since FY2012. (Due to the success of the Targeted E4 assessments in Region 6, GSA adopted the approach in other regions beginning in 2014.)
This year, six buildings will be analyzed and monitored using Monitoring Based Commissioning (MBCx) and standard commissioning practices and methods. This MBCx will complement the Targeted E4 assessments and re-tuning efforts in the region to further define energy saving opportunities.
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.