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ENERGY AWARENESS MONTH

October is ENERGY AWARENESS month; employees are encouraged to help reduce waste and conserve energy. In this occasion, US Energy Star program is encouraging people to 'pledge' to replace energy wasting lighting. With energy efficient lighting, a simple goal is to replace old incandescent lamps with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs).

Compact Fluorescent Lamps provide 75% energy savings and last 5 times as long. Retrofit incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent to save as much as 75 percent on lighting. Also, use electronic ballast T-8 lamp. Electronic ballast manufacturers suggest that new energy-efficient electronic ballast and T-8 lamp systems offer energy savings of up to 41 percent over conventional electromagnetic ballast and lamp systems, with no loss of light or performance. The program is running this month since October is Energy Awareness Month.

More natural resources can be save when people do their part to use energy wisely. Energy conservation delivers a wide range of additional benefits, including dollar savings, and reduced pollutant emissions. 

Energy Conservation

The Energy Management Division of Public Works is currently reviewing several initiatives to conserve energy. In addition to major utility system changes, energy can be conserved in many other ways; for instance, each employee can do his/her part. Multiplied by thousands of county employees, this small effort will create a huge impact on the operating utility budget.

To view or print a copy of the Cuyahoga County Sustainability Program for Energy Conservation, Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan click here.

Simple cost-saving tips are below. Your participation is appreciated.

Get into the habit of turning off lights when out of your office/cubicle, or in unused common areas such as copy rooms, break rooms, conference rooms and restrooms. 

Switch off your computer when away from your desk for 15 minutes or more, and turn off equipment such as copiers, printer and monitors, etc., when not needed or at the end of the day.

In most cases, use task lighting rather that overhead ceiling fixtures.  

Keep the thermostat at one common setting. It is the most energy-efficient.

Please visit this link: http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=cal.showpledge

Prepared by Gerard Salomon, Department of Public Works on 10/9/07

Cuyahoga County was recently notified that five County facilities have received the 2006 ENERGY STAR for energy performance. This award recognizes buildings that are in the top 25% of the nation in terms of energy performance, and they are only 11 facilities in Cuyahoga County that earned this 2006 award. The County facilities earning this award in 2006 are:

  1. Robert Hughes Board of Elections Building, 2925 Euclid Avenue
  2. Virgil Brown Building, 1642 Payne Avenue
  3. Clerk of the Courts Auto Title Building, 1261 Superior Avenue
  4. Jane Edna Hunter Building, 3955 Euclid Avenue
  5. Walter G. Whitlatch Building, 2191 East 19th Street

This is a summary information regarding these buildings. The County receives plaques that have been affixed to each building, demonstrating the County’s commitment to environmental leadership. To publicize these awards, a public ceremony had been held at the County Administration Building to highlight the awards and the County’s environmental leadership efforts.