County is first government to pledge reduction in energy consumption
Snohomish County has joined the Snohomish County PUD’s “Energy Challenge” in an effort to cut electricity consumption, save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Snohomish County has pledged to reduce energy use in county facilities by 10 percent below the 2007-2009 average during the next three years. The pledge includes buildings at its main Everett campus as well as the South District Court and the Arlington-based fleet shop.
“We are excited to be the first government to join the PUD’s ‘Energy Challenge,’” Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon said. “The potential savings equals 875,000 kilowatt-hours – enough to power nearly 70 homes annually while reducing CO2 emissions by 125 tons each year.”
The county will reach its goals through capital retrofit projects as well as employee awareness efforts. Retrofits are partially being funded through a $1.5 million federal Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG).
Snohomish County joins more than 150 local businesses and institutions – including Everett Community College, QFC, Lake Stevens School District and the PUD – as well as 2,500 residential customers.
Consumers and businesses throughout Snohomish County and Camano Island expect to save hundreds of thousands of dollars through Snohomish County PUD’s “Energy Challenge,” a community effort that asks customers to cut their energy use by 10 percent.
The PUD launched the program in spring 2009. Collectively, participants could save nearly 15 million kilowatt-hours – enough to power 1,200 homes annually.
Snohomish County and Camano Island residents and businesses can find more information or join at www.jointhepudchallenge.com.
For more information on Snohomish County’s efforts, contact Lisa Dulude at 425-388-3965 or email@example.com.