Energy Efficiency and Conservation

With increased demand and finite reserves, the cost of acquiring and supplying energy will continue to rise. The combination of rising energy prices and shrinking budgets makes it important to consider the implementation of energy efficiency and conservation measures in all four energy consumption sectors (see pie chart). Below, you will find information regarding the programs Bloomfield Township has undertaken to cut energy consumption in its facilities and simple energy conservation tips for residential applications.

Bloomfield Township’s Energy Efficiency and Retrofit Program

High Efficiency Unit at Fire StationAs part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, Bloomfield Township applied for and received grant funding in the amount of $169,500 from the Department of Energy to perform an Energy Efficiency and Retrofit Program. The goal of this program is to decrease energy use throughout all Township-owned facilities by 15% by 2012. Phase I of the program involved the performance of a Technical Energy Audit (TEA), which was approved by the Township Board on December 13, 2010. The TEA report includes an assessment of the current condition of each Township-owned building including evaluation of the building envelope (interior & exterior) and its systems (HVAC, lighting, etc.). The report includes a list of suggested retrofits that are prioritized by a cost vs. benefit analysis for each suggested retrofit project. Please click the link below to access a copy of the final TEA report.

This document is available to view in PDF format. Bloomfield Township TEA Report
This document is available to view in PDF format. Appendices to Bloomfield Township TEA Report

Third-party Energy Supplier

Township staff has been actively seeking ways to not only cut energy use through increased efficiency but also, to lower the cost of the energy we use. While the Township is still using Consumers Energy to deliver natural gas, to make repairs to our system, and to respond in emergencies, we have purchased natural gas at a lower rate from a local third-party natural gas broker. This will reduce our natural gas cost by about 16%. Based our actual usage from March 2009 to March 2010, our projections show we can save more than $26,000 a year.

Residential Energy Conservation

Residential energy consumption represents 21% of all the energy used in the United States. This statistic illustrates the importance of implementing energy efficiency and conservation measures in your home. Below you will find a listing of simple energy conservation tips that can be easily carried out within the home.

Simple Residential Energy Conservation Tips

  • Install a programmable thermostat to keep your house comfortably warm in the winter and comfortably cool in the summer.
  • Use compact fluorescent light bulbs.
  • Air-dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher’s drying cycle.
  • Turn off your computer and monitor when not in use.
  • Unplug home electronics, such as TVs and DVD players when the equipment is not in use
  • Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater to 120°F.
  • Take short showers instead of baths.
  • Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes.
  • Look for the ENERGY STAR label on home appliances and products.

Additional Information

Please contact the Bloomfield Township Engineering and Environmental Services Department by email or 248.594.2800 if you have questions about the material presented here.

For more information regarding energy efficiency, please visit the following websites:

Oakland County Oakgreen Challenge
U.S. Department of Energy
U.S. D.O.E. Energy Savers
EPA Energy Star

Updated: January 2011