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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: June 21, 2013
Contact:

Autumn Salamack, Resource Conservation Manager
360.337.5670 or asalamack@co.kitsap.wa.us

No: 2013-060

Kitsap County generating energy and cost savings

(Port Orchard, WA) - Kitsap County has taken aggressive steps to reduce energy use and costs at County facilities over the past three years. Kitsap County set a goal to reduce energy use at County facilities by 30 percent by 2020 and has reduced by 11 percent through the end of 2012 compared to the baseline year of 2009. These efforts generated over $373,000 in energy savings, as outlined in the recently released 2012 Energy Wi$e Report.

“Our internal efforts to increase both energy efficiency and conservation have generated significant savings over the past three years,” said County Commissioner Charlotte Garrido. “We’ve focused on a combination of building retrofits, employee engagement, departmental energy challenges, and operations and maintenance improvements to drive savings. These programs are replicable and scalable for other organizations in our community.”

Kitsap County achievements outlined in the 2012 Energy Wi$e Report include the following:

  • Completed energy-efficiency retrofits at three parking lots and six County buildings, including the County’s first interior LED light installation at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility.

  • Received $44,088 in rebates for energy-efficient building retrofits and conservation incentives from Puget Sound Energy.

  • Completed energy audits at the Suquamish, Manchester and Kingston sewer utility plants and at 15 pump stations.

  • Adopted an updated Space Heater Policy outlining safety and energy usage criteria for approved use of personal space heaters in County facilities.

  • Selected as the first county in Washington State to join the Better Buildings Challenge with a commitment to reduce energy use 30 percent by 2020.

 Kitsap County also participates in Puget Sound Energy’s Resource Conservation Manager Program which targets no-cost and low-cost actions for operations and maintenance and employee behavior change. More than 80 buildings have received energy audits and detailed Facility Action Plans that identify no-cost, low-cost, and longer term capital investment opportunities for both increased energy and water conservation.

The County’s Resource Conservation Manager is working with all departments and employees to continually address no-cost conservation opportunities, as was demonstrated with the recent Courthouse Energy Challenge. The May 2013 Courthouse Energy Challenge resulted in 6 percent energy savings and almost $1,000 in cost savings compared to previous energy utility billings for the month of May. These savings were derived completely from the implementation of no-cost employee behavior changes.

For more information, please visit www.kitsapgreen.org or contact Autumn Salamack, Resource Conservation Manager, at asalamack@co.kitsap.wa.us

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