We must lead by example. Reducing our own energy and water use is always a priority; we measure our progress every year.
Our goal was to reduce the total energy use of our major existing facilities by 20 percent. We achieved that last year with a 21.6 percent reduction in energy use.
We measure and benchmark the energy use of our facilities using the Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. This helps us identify energy saving opportunities and quantify our energy reductions through construction and renovation projects. In 2017, our Utilities Customer Service Center, Pinkerton Service Center and Conservation and Environmental Center earned ENERGY STAR certifications.
We continued our LED lighting retrofit program for all of our buildings. We identified older lighting systems in need of replacement and began retrofitting the fixtures with energy-saving LED bulbs. Approximately 1,700 lamp conversions were completed in 2017, up from 900 conversions in 2016. The retrofitted sites saw a 9.2 percent reduction in electric consumption in 2017.
We require an extensive fleet of vehicles to meet the needs of almost half a million customers. Through our use of alternative fuel, electric and hybrid vehicles we reduce air emissions and their impact in Colorado Springs.
We have 27 electric hybrid vehicles, eight electric vehicles, 306 ethanol flex-fuel vehicles and 34 compressed natural gas vehicles.
Our Conservation and Environmental Center, 2855 Mesa Rd., hosts a publicly available charging station for electric vehicles.
Our use of alternative fuels contributed to the City of Colorado Springs receiving first place in the first ever Western Region Sustainable Fleet Award.
Compressed natural gas (CNG) stations
We have added two CNG fueling stations to our facilities. One of the stations, located at our Pinkerton Service Center, 7710 Durant Dr., is open to the public. All major credit cards and fleet fueling cards are accepted.