Nearly 5 million energy dollars have been saved over the last 15 years due to the efforts of our Facilities Management team.
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In 2004, our Cumberland County Administrator and Director of Facilities Management began an innovative conversation concerning energy saving upgrades. Consequently, in April 2005 a contract for $1.9 million was awarded to Constellation Energy Projects & Services.
Through the continued collaboration of our Director of Facilities Management and Constellation Energy, the County was able to replace its outdated equipment with new energy efficient equipment.
Within 7 years Cumberland County received a full payback of the initial investment. Today, we continue to reap 100% of the monetary benefits due to our energy management system.
Saving energy has become a way of life for the Facilities Management team of Cumberland County.
The installation of energy efficient lighting and vending machines; low flow water faucets and commodes; recycling programs; and several other initiatives have lowered the courthouse’s greenhouse emissions. The reduction is the equivalent of removing 300 passenger cars from our roads per year over 15 years. This program has also provided cost savings for the County. Last year, Facilities Management was able to save the County more than $350,000 in energy costs.
Our guaranteed energy savings, for year 15 was expected to be $309,036. However, Cumberland County exceeded the projected amount, with an actual savings of $369,394. That’s a savings of 19% beyond what was expected!
Cumberland County Commissioners remain committed to maintaining energy efficiency as a priority utilizing energy savings measures in all County-owned facilities. Our total Energy Savings after 15 years is over $4.9 million!