Energy is NEVER going to cost less!
We can’t control the cost of energy, so we must control our consumption.
The 20 x 2020 Energy Program seeks to reduce energy consumption by 20% by the year 2020.
Let’s look at some history.
2012: Senate Bill 1096 Signed into Law.
- Directed all state agencies, colleges, universities, and career techs to reduce their energy consumption by at least 20% by the year 2020.
- Former Governor Fallin estimated that such reductions could save the state up to $500 million over a 10-year period.
- State contracted with Oklahoma based consultant, ES2.
2015: Energy Program Launch
- DHS launched energy conservation program in all buildings, regardless of who pays utilities.
- The focus was and still remains on changing daily habits and routines while implementing energy savings systems.
Benefits for State Agencies
- Software & Support to track and manage utility expenses
- Utility bills for every building where DHS is responsible for utility payment are entered into software each month to accurately track DHS energy usage. (If applicable, take a look at your county’s graph).
- Increased awareness of energy conservation for staff, building owners, maintenance staff, janitorial staff, and leadership
- Everyone has a role
- DHS buildings are community buildings, actually owned and operated by Oklahoma taxpayers
- DHS can lead by example and show taxpayers that we are trying to save both money and the planet.
Approximately 18% of energy in the U.S. is consumed in commercial buildings
- Approximately 64% goes to heating & air and lighting.
- Approximately 13% goes to items that are not likely not essential to your job (coffee makers, Scentsy warmers, mini fridges, etc.).
This is the area where behavioral changes can make a difference!
Take a look at the prices per type of Energy. Energy prices are per mission BTU (British Thermal Unit)
- Natural Gas
- Jet Fuel
- Wood Pellets
- Corn Ethanol
Oklahoma State Agencies
- 111 State organizations; approximately 3,000 buildings
- $150,000,000 annual energy expenditure for FY15
- DHS is one of the largest state agencies; therefore we are one of the largest energy consumers.
Department of Human Services
- Approximately 6,000 DHS Employees in Oklahoma
- 134 DHS occupied buildings
- 2.6 million square feet
- DHS utility costs ($3.8 million in 2014 vs $2.4 million in 2018 (reduction of 36.8%)
Our Continued Goal
Continuing to reduce DHS energy consumption is well within our grasp and can easily be achieved with a few changes to our daily habits and behaviors.
What can we do?
If we all do our part we have the ability to:
- Enable taxpayer dollars to be redirected from utility bills to other agency needs. We hope to be able to redirect the money saved on utilities back into DHS facilities and/or additional FTE.
- Make our planet a healthier, cleaner and safer place to live; not only for ourselves, but for future generations.
- Energy Managers – DHS Property Management Unit is responsible for implementation and ongoing management of the program.
- Organizational Leaders – Director Lake and the Executive Team approved guidelines for this program.
- Facilities Management and Maintenance Staff – Responsible for making building modifications and improvements for energy efficiency.
- Custodial Staff – DHS Contracts & Purchasing explores daytime contracts where possible.
- Each Building Occupant – Everyone has a daily responsibility; Small changes to add up; the goal is cultural change of energy usage and habits.
Be a Team Player!
- Turn off your lights!
- Remove personal appliances from workspace/offices!
- Turn off computer monitors and speakers when not in use! Remember each employee has 2 computer monitors.
- Turn off lights in common areas when not in use! (Break room, conference room, interview rooms, & family rooms).
- Unplug any chargers/misc. items when not in use including call phones, tablets, staplers, calculators, etc.
- Remind co-workers to be aware of ways to save energy!
- Helpful tip: Plus misc. items in (1) power strip & turn it off!
Energy Managers will continue to visit your facility at various times to observe program compliance.
Debbie Holt, Administrator
Danita McCauley, Sr. Project Manager & Energy Manager
Counties: Adair, Atoka, Beckham, Caddo, Coal, Comanche, Cotton, Garvin, Grady, Greer, Harmon, Haskell, Hughes, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnston, Kiowa, Latimer, Love, Marshall, McClain, Murray, Muskogee, Nowata, Okfuskee, Pontotoc, Pottawatomie, Rogers, Seminole, Sequoyah, Stephens, Tillman & Washita.
Dale Tune, Skyline Building Manager / Project Manager & Energy Manager
Building: Tulsa – Skyline Building
Counties: Cherokee, Choctaw, Craig, Creek, Delaware, Le Flore, Lincoln, Mayes, McCurtain, McIntosh, Okmulgee, Osage, Pawnee, Pittsburg, Pushmataha, Tulsa, Wagoner & Washington
Jillian Hammer, Administrative Officer I & Energy Manager
Counties: Alfalfa, Beaver, Blaine, Canadian, Cleveland, Cimarron, Custer, Dewey, Ellis, Garfield, Grant, Harper, Kay, Kingfisher, Logan, Major, Noble, Oklahoma, Payne, Roger Mills, Texas, Woods & Woodward
Bruce Kame, Fire Prevention & Security Officer I, Tulsa Skyline Building