Colorado cools off for conservation
DENVER — June 3, 2014 — The State of Colorado wants employees to cool off this summer while cutting energy use in government office buildings. As part of Colorado's Greening Government initiative, the State’s facilities managers are setting most thermostats to 74 degrees to conserve energy during the summer months.
As a result, Gov. John Hickenlooper is encouraging State employees to dress a little more casual at the office this summer. The program, called Colorado Chills, invites State employees to remain cool and comfortable throughout the summer by removing their ties, sweaters and suit jackets whenever possible and wearing short-sleeved shirts, blouses and open-collared shirts instead.
“Turning up the thermostat and turning down the air conditioner in the summer is a simple, effective way to cut costs by using less energy — and it helps promote sustainability at the same time,” Hickenlooper said. “State government can lead the way in this effort and demonstrate that we are serious about conserving energy and saving taxpayer dollars.”
The 17 buildings in the Capitol Complex have piloted this program the last several years and also shut off the HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) systems between 5 p.m. and 5 a.m. each day and over the weekends. All of their conservation measures combined resulted in a total reduction of more than 29% in electrical kilowatt hours usage since fiscal year 2003-04. These savings are then rolled into the State’s energy performance contracts.
Hickenlooper invited area businesses, governments and people at home to turn their thermostats up as well. “We encourage everyone, whether at work or at home, to think of ways to conserve energy,” Hickenlooper said.
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