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 9.27 percent, as of FY2016 (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 $1,005,436 in utility rebates (since FY2007);
  • Purchased more than 26 percent of electricity from renewable sources in FY2016;
  • 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 18 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 22 buildings since FY12. Two additional buildings are planned for FY18. (The Targeted E4 approach has been adopted by GSA CO for implementation in other regions.)

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.

Last Reviewed 2017-05-31