(Aspen, CO) Pitkin County Government has committed $1.2 million in 2012 to improve the energy efficiency of county facilities. The so-called “Pitkin County Energy Conservation Measures Project” came about as the result of a 2010 Technical Energy Audit (TEA) that resulted in a long list of things the county could do to make its buildings more livable, conserve as much as 30% in energy costs, and reduce the county’s overall carbon footprint by 462 tons a year.
“We need to do everything we can to reduce our carbon footprint and set an example for the community of good stewardship,” said Pitkin County Manager, Jon Peacock.
The list of improvements slated for 2012 includes new, energy efficient boiler systems in the courthouse and jail, energy improvements to the HVAC systems in all county buildings, re-lamping all lighting fixtures in county buildings to LED or more efficient fluorescents, and installation of more efficient water fixtures in county buildings including low flow toilets, urinals and sinks.
Pitkin County has applied for a CORE “Green Key Grant” to help offset the cost of the measures. CORE is Pitkin County’s partner in resource efficiency in Pitkin County.
“Another project we’re excited about is the installation of a Web based live energy monitoring/interactive station in one of our high-traffic county buildings,” said Pitkin County Facilities Project Manager, Jack Wheeler. “It will help us better understand the energy usage in the building and help us manage our usage and reduce our consumption,”
The system will be available to the public, as an outreach portal, so they will be able to see the fiscal and social responsibility that comes with implementing these ongoing Energy Conservation Measures Wheeler said.
The county has not yet made a decision about which building will get the monitor. These types of monitors are already being used in more than 80 buildings in the region including: The Basalt Library, Carbondale Town Hall, and Garfield County Courthouse, to name a few.