Administrative Oversight: Energy Conservation Program

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.

Consider the following graphics.
Shares of total US Energy consumption by end-use sectors, 2017.

Approximately 18% of energy in the U.S. is consumed in commercial buildings

Energy use in US commercial buildings by major end users, 2012

  • 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.

Essential Roles

  • 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
(405) 272-4165

Danita McCauley, Sr. Project Manager & Energy Manager
(405) 272-4195
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
(539) 832-800
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
(405) 272-4161
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
(918) 933-4527

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