San Antonio Gas and Electric Utility Cuts Power Use by 25 Percent
San Antonio Business Journal
CPS Energy is practicing what it is preaching when it comes to energy conservation.
The municipally owned natural gas and electric reduced its own everyday electrical usage by 25 percent over a five-year period, CPS Energy officials said Friday.
"In 2001, CPS Energy used more than 13 million kilowatt-hours at downtown facilities including in the energy-saving program," says Alan Demos, facilities project team leader at the utility.
"At the end of 2006, that number had declined to approximately 9.8 million (kilowatt-hours)."
Demos and his team members began an aggressive energy-reduction effort in 2001 that included a replacement of older lighting with new
induction lights or compact fluorescent lights as needed.
The utility also replaced older computer monitors with energy-saving flat screens and made it a policy for employees to turn off computer monitors, lights and office equipment when they are not in use.
Five years ago, the utility's program involved two downtown office buildings, two parking garages, parking lots and the Villita Assembly Building, which is owned by CPS Energy.
Because of the program's success, CPS Energy plans on adopting similar energy-conservation measures at other utility-owned buildings.
The Texas Legislature in 2001 passed Senate Bill 5, which encouraged government owned entities like CPS Energy to reduce electric use by 5 percent each year for five years. Demos says CPS Energy met this goal.
"Over the five-year period, we invested approximately $250,000 for improvements and counted savings of more than $627,000 worth of electricity," he adds.
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