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ENERGY SIDEBAR: Steps to save energy

Jan 9, 2002 12:00 AM

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Interested in saving energy, but not sure where to start? Here are some helpful hints from the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network of the U.S. Dept. of Energy:

  1. Gather and total all your energy costs. Pull together your past year’s bills and total these costs. Be sure you’re adding all the bills from different energy sources.

  2. Get a professional energy audit or do a self-audit. Contact your local utility, municipal services department, or local university for technical or financial assistance.

  3. Enlist the aid of staff members.

  4. Develop a list of best options. Use cost and ease of implementation to rank choices.

  5. Implement your plan and take action.

  6. Track savings and energy use. Evidence of tangible rewards can help improve staff morale and encourage cooperation.