Water and energy are vital to all communities and are intricately linked in terms of generation and supply. We can seek and develop new resources to increase supplies, but the simplest and cheapest way to secure a sustainable future is by decreasing demand through efficiency and conservation. As we use less water, we use less energy, and vice versa. Some strategies are simple: using more efficient light bulbs, programmable thermostats and low-flow plumbing fixtures. We can also introduce smart energy systems that allow for more effective monitoring and control of an entire office building. We can even pursue alternative and renewable sources, such as solar energy. What’s most important is that, as a growing community, we simply use less. This nearly always leads to more money in our pockets. It’s the essence of common sense.
• Use less water and energy
Reduce per capita non-renewable energy use to 20 percent below 2007 baseline by 2015. Reduce water consumption by 1.5 million gallons a day. Reduce government electricity use by 20 percent from 2007 to 2014 in accordance with Board of County Commissioners legislation.
“The Block Grants are a major investment in energy solutions that will strengthen America’s economy and create jobs at the local level. The funding will be used for the cheapest, cleanest, and most reliable energy technologies we have—energy efficiency and conservation—which can be deployed immediately. The grants also empower local communities to make strategic investments to meet the nation’s long-term clean energy and climate goals.”