That's what you could do with the amount of electricity Gov. Jay Nixon's administration has saved in 2009.
A little over one year ago (April 23, 2009), Gov. Nixon signed Executive Order 09-18, which requires all state agencies whose building management falls under the direction of the Office of Administration to implement policies that will reduce their energy consumption by 2 percent per year for the next 10 years.
In the first year alone, Gov. Nixon's administration has reduced its energy use by 5.6 percent. That equals a savings of more than $3 million for Missouri taxpayers. The Governor announced the savings today from the St. Louis offices of Talisen Technologies, the contractor that has provided technology and support to the state of Missouri to make the reduction of energy consumption possible. The Governor toured Talisen's high-tech energy control center, which includes computer systems that can track energy use at state buildings across Missouri.
"I am committed to making state government more efficient, effective and accountable to the taxpayers, and that means we must look for every opportunity to cut costs and save money," Gov. Nixon said. "Just like families and businesses across Missouri, we're finding innovative ways to stretch dollars, and reducing our energy consumption is a natural place to start.
"I appreciate the hard work of all the departments that contributed to this effort, and I especially applaud our energy-efficiency team within the Office of Administration," the Governor said. "We will continue these efforts in the coming years to trim these costs even more, and save more money for the people of Missouri."
In the first year of implementation of EO 09-18, Gov. Nixon's administration achieved the following reductions:
- Electricity: Decrease of 25 million kWh (kilowatt-hours), or 5.5 percent. That's enough to power more than 2,500 Missouri households for an entire year, and it corresponds to 16,250 tons of carbon dioxide not being emitted into the atmosphere.
- Gas (propane and natural gas): Decrease of 180,000 MMBtu (1 million Btu), or 9.1 percent. That's enough to run more than 7,000 residential water heaters in Missouri for an entire year, and it corresponds to almost 11,000 tons of carbon dioxide not being emitted into the atmosphere.
- Other fuels (including woodchips, diesel, steam and hot water): Increase of 65,944 MMBtu. These fuels are more efficient and cleaner than gas or other sources of energy. Use of these fuels saved 60,000 MMBtu of gas and propane over the past year, while at the same time reducing the burden of wood waste in Missouri's landfills.
"We've seen great progress in saving energy and saving money during this past year," Gov. Nixon said. "I look forward to continuing to work closely with each of our departments to increase these savings in the years to come."
The state's energy-efficiency efforts are managed by a team within the Office of Administration, Division of Facilities Management, Design and Construction. This team carefully monitors energy use at state facilities and implements strategies to reduce energy consumption at specific facilities, such as changes in lighting, heating and cooling. The team uses a cutting-edge computer monitoring system, provided by Talisen, to track and evaluate consumption at facilities across the state.
"We take our commitment to energy efficiency very seriously, and we appreciate Gov. Nixon's strong leadership on this important issue," said Jeff Schaeperkoetter, director of the Division of Facilities Management, Design and Construction. "We will continue to use the latest tools and strategies to monitor and reduce the state's energy use and save money for the people of Missouri."