State agencies reduce energy use by 27 percent

9 months 10 hours 51 minutes ago April 22, 2016 Apr 22, 2016 Friday, April 22 2016 Friday, April 22, 2016 3:55:00 PM CDT in News
By: Laurel Bloom, KOMU 8 Digital Reporter

JEFFERSON CITY — State agencies in Missouri have reduced energy consumption by 27 percent since 2008, according to Gov. Jay Nixon.

In the past seven years, this has saved taxpayers more than $44 million.

In 2009, Gov. Nixon issued an executive order requiring all agencies under the Office of Administration to reduce their energy use by two percent each year.

The agencies cut their energy use each year by 3.93 percent, almost twice the required amount.

The government achieved its goal by upgrading lighting and HVAC systems and decreasing utilities for heating and cooling.

“I don’t know if there is one method that is more important than the others, but I know when you upgrade lighting it definitely reduces energy, especially with how many buildings the state has,” spokesperson for the governor Scott Holste said.

The state plans to continue the effort to reduce energy use and save taxpayers money.

“Most all the measure are not one time savings. They’re cumulative. When you install new lighting and HVAC systems, it’s going to be continuous type savings,” Holste said.

The Office of Administration plans to continue replacing old equipment with more energy efficient models in the years to come.

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