NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- For its commitment to reducing its energy consumption and air pollution during summer 2013, the New Canaan Police Department was recently recognized by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
The law enforcement agency is one of 11 organizations statewide to receive a Summer Saver award at the state Capitol. Jack Betkoski, Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority vice chairman, served as master of ceremonies for the event, which included remarks from DEEP Commissioner Rob Klee.
The New Canaan Police Department received a Summer Saver Bronze Award, given to organizations or businesses that reduced electricity consumption and demand by 5 percent to 10 percent from May through September 2013. Working with experts from Connecticut Light & Power to implement several Energize Connecticut energy-saving programs, the department reduced energy demand by 5 percent, or about 5 kilowatts, and reduced consumption by 11 percent, or more than 21,000 kilowatt hours of electricity.
“The combined efforts of the 11 Summer Savers awardees resulted in energy savings in kilowatt hours, peak electricity demand and in carbon emissions,” said Klee. “Efficiency efforts are of special significance in summer months, when reducing peak demand can help reduce the cost of power and when reducing emissions from power plants helps prevent pollution that contributes to smog and climate change.”
The energy-saving measures implemented by the New Canaan Police Department include various lighting retrofit measures and the addition of motion-sensing light controls. The department also installed new windows, a new insulated roof and a 15-ton HVAC unit.
To find out more about programs that help organizations like the New Canaan Police Department save energy and money, visit energizect.com/government-municipalities/programs/connecticut-summer-savers-awards.
Energize Connecticut helps customers save money and use clean energy. It is an initiative of the Energy Efficiency Fund, the Clean Energy Finance & Investment Authority, the state, and local electric and gas utilities, with funding from a charge on customer energy bills. Information on energy-saving programs can be found at EnergizeCT.com or by calling 877-WISE-USE.