Flex Your Power Case Study: City of Atascadero
An Effective Practice
In response to the Governor's call to reduce energy use by 15 percent in government buildings, the City of Atascadero launched Phase I of a two-part energy conservation program that included no- and low-cost efforts in its six facilities. City staff compared monthly kilowatt readings for each facility over the previous three years to establish a baseline amount for all city-owned and city-operated buildings. City staff then prepared a cost/benefit report, which was revised by an external consultant, on various potential energy-saving solutions. Changes were made in HVAC settings, office equipment, weatherization, and employee training/behavior and schedules.
Goal / Mission
The goal of this project was to reduce energy usage in government buildings. Long-term objectives were: Research solar, wind and new roofing project; and consider replacing and upgrading wastewater treatment equipment, which was the city's biggest energy user (representing approximately 47 percent of the annual kilowatt usage.)
Results / Accomplishments
The city spent roughly $1,600 on improvements, which resulted in energy savings of 18,474 kWh per month or a 30 percent reduction when compared with usage in 2000. Atascadero also began investigating potential projects for Phase II, including solar and wind power and new roofing.
About this Promising Practice
- Primary Contact
- Geoff English, Deputy Community Services Director
6500 Palma Ave.
Atascadero, CA 93422
- Environment / Energy & Sustainability
- City of Atascadero
- Flex Your Power Efficiency Partnership
- Date of publication
- Date of implementation
- Atascadero, CA