Energy Efficiency and
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
As 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.
Bloomfield Township TEA Report
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
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
- Use compact fluorescent light bulbs.
- Air-dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher’s drying
- 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
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
Department of Energy
U.S. D.O.E. Energy Savers
Updated: January 2011
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