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The Agency's goal for energy efficiency is to become an energy neutral Agency by 2020; 25% by 2012; 50% by 2016; and 100% by 2020.
Nationally, the Forest Service uses four main sources of energy for its facilities: electricity, natural gas, propane, and fuel oil. Energy use has two components-consumption and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The amount of energy we sue is important, as is the CO2 emitted as a result of that use. In 2006, the Forest Service spent roughly 15.5 million dollars to light, heat, and cool its facilities. That use generated an estimated 185,600 tons of CO2. And these figures almost certainly underestimate the actual energy use.
Our existing method for estimating our energy use is cost, but cost is an inconsistent indicator of actual use. Cost for natural gas and heating oil varies based on supply and demand, as well as regional availability. Using cost as the measure for consumption also fails to account for credit card purchases (e.g., for propane) and energy use in leased buildings.
The lag time between when energy bills are paid and when the energy is consumed is another potential inconsistency. For example, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, many bills for energy consumed in 2005 were not paid until 2006. This underestimated energy consumption in 2005 and artificially inflated it for 2006.
Quick Links to the topics on this page:
- Utility Bill Clean Up
- Advanced & Smart Metering
- Power IT Down Event
- Other Resources
- Letters From Leadership
Read about savings directly related to utility bill clean up efforts.
- Utility Bill Webinar - May 19, 2011
- Utility Bill Clean Up Tips
- Utility Bill Clean Up - Standard Operating Procedure
- Utility Bill Clean Up - Spreadsheet Template
- Region 5 Utility Clean Up Initiative Letter 02/16/2011
- Utilities Account Clean Up Letter 10/12/2010
- Monitoring Utility Costs and Consumption: Standard Operating Procedure
- How to Monitor Utility Costs and Consumption: Getting Started
- Utility Tracking Spreadsheet Template
- Case Study - San Juan National Forest 07/02/2010
- Utility Bill Clean Up PowerPoint by Laura Yeager
- Region 1 Utility Clean Up and Climate Change Scorecard
- Utility Bill Clean Up Briefing
- Region 5 Utility Bill Clean Up Initiative Letter
- Advanced Metering
- Advanced Meters for Forest Service Facilities (PowerPoint Presentation) [PPTX]
- Smart Metering
- Advanced Energy Meter Systems Procurement Data, Standards, Drawings and
- Note: This link redirects to an internal website.
- Advanced Energy Meter Systems Procurement Data, Standards, Drawings and Specifications
Forest Service employees were encouraged to participate in Power IT Down Day onFriday, August 26th by shutting down and unplugging ALL electrical equipment before leaving the office. Power IT Down Day is a national event aimed to reduce the Government’s energy consumption. Participating in this event helps meet the Agency's goal of cutting our greenhouse gas emissions from building energy consumption and purchased electricity by 21 percent by 2020
Lead: WO Engineering
- ENERGY EFFICIENCY: Reduce energy intensity by 3 % annually through 2015 or by 30% by 2015.
- GREENHOUSE GASES: By reducing energy intensity by 3% annually or 30% by 2015, reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
- RENEWABLE POWER: At least 50% of current renewable energy purchases must come from new renewable sources (in service after January 1, 1999).
- BUILDING PERFORMANCE: Construct or renovate buildings in accordance with sustainability strategies, including resource conservation, reduction, and use; sitting; and indoor environmental quality.
- ELECTRONICS MANAGEMENT: Annually, 95% of electronic products purchased must meet Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool standards where applicable; enable Energy Star® features on 100% of computers and monitors; and reuse, donate, sell, or recycle 100% of electronic products using environmentally sound management practices.
Executive Order 13423 (2007) and the Energy Policy Act have many energy-related requirements, including the following.
- Reduce energy consumption by 3% annually or 30% by 2015 using a 2003 baseline.
- Explore renewable energy opportunities on agency property.
- At least half of the statutorily required renewable energy consumed (purchased) in fiscal year comes from new renewable sources.
- Ensure Energy Star features are enabled on 100% of computers and monitors.
- Conduct energy and water audits on at least 10% of facilities each year.
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions attributed to facility energy use by 3% annually or 30% by 2015 related to 1990 emission levels.
- Ensure at least 3 percent of energy purchases are from renewable energy sources by 2007; this figure increases to 7.5 percent by 2013.
- Buildings will be designed to be 30 percent more efficient than current standards so long as they are life-cycle cost effective.
- Apply sustainable design principles to new construction and renovation.
Nationally, the Forest Service uses four main sources of energy for its facilities: electricity, natural gas, propane, and fuel oil. Energy use has two components - consumption and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The amount of energy we use is important, as is the CO2 emitted as a result of that use. In 2006, the Forest Service spent roughly 15.5 million dollars to light, heat, and cool its facilities. That use generated an estimated 185,600 tons of CO2. And these figures almost certainly underestimate the actual energy use.
Our existing method for estimating our energy use is cost, but cost is an inconsistent indicator of actual use. Cost for natural gas and heating oil varied based on supply and demand, as well as regional availability. Using cost as the measure for consumption also fails to account for credit card purchases (e.g., for propane) and energy use in leased buildings.
The lag time between when energy bills are paid and when the energy is consumed is another potential inconsistency. For example, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, many bills for energy consumed in 205 were not paid until 2006. This underestimated energy consumption in 2005 and artificially inflated it for 2006.
There are many resources that can help green your computers, phones, radios, and many other energy consuming products. Visit our Tools and Games to find resources to assist you in reducing your environmental footprint.
ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Departments of Energy. Its purpose is to help reduce energy costs and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.
The following are standard USDA configuration computer setting requirements to conserve energy:
- Remove graphical backgrounds and screensavers.
- Set the power management system to shut the monitor off 15 minutes of inactivity.
- Set the power management system to hibernate the system after 30 minutes of inactivity.
Other Resources: EPEAT
EPEAT is now required for all federal purchasing. The Federal Acquisition Regulations require federal agencies to purchase at least 95% EPEAT-registered products in all relevant electronic product categories.
EPEAT is a system to help purchasers in the public and private sectors evaluate, compare and select desktop computers, notebooks and monitors based on their environmental attributes. EPEAT also provides a clear and consistent set of performance criteria for the design of products, and provides an opportunity for manufacturers to secure market recognition for efforts to reduce the environmental impact of its products.
For more information visit http://www.epeat.net/
Other Resources: DOE
The Department of Energy's overarching mission is to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States; to promote scientific and technological innovation in support of that mission; and to ensure the environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex.
For more information visit http://www.energy.gov/
- This document outlines the Forest Service's current position on telework and the eligibility requirements.
- Energy and Water Evaluations of Covered Facilities
- Forest Service Use of Sustainable Standards in Building Design and Construction
- List of Forest Service LEED Certified Buildings - as of March 21, 2011
- 12/21/2009 - Responding to General Government Proposals from the President's SAVE Award [PDF]
- The President’s first-ever SAVE Award invited Federal Government employees to submit ideas for making our Government more efficient and effective.
- How to Submit Request for Recycling Services
- Recycling Services for Inforamtion Technology (IT) Assets
- Video Teleconferencing
- Weekly Desktop Computer Restart - FAQ
- Wind Repository Website: The goal is to compile as many resources as possible about wind energy on National Forest System land. This project was designed to provide land managers with a comprehensive set of resources to start thinking about potential wind projects and guide them through the planning process.
- Computer Restart FAQ's: Why, When, and How to Restart your computer
- Sustainability Solutions Website: The intent of this site is to produce a whole series of "tools" explaining how Forest Service people are meeting sustainability requirements for buildings - and by example, how others can do so, too.
- Required Workstation Energy Conservation Settings [PDF]
- Purchasing An Energy Star Computer - EPA [PDF]
- Information on the digital TV transition
- Information on where to recycle a TV
- How to Figure Out the Quirks in Forest Service Utility Bills [RTF]
- Top 10 Free Things You Can Do To Reduce Energy Costs [PDF]
- Top 10 Cheap Things You Can Do To Reduce Energy Costs [PDF]
- Bunkhouse Energy Savings [PDF, 4 pages]
- 100+ Best Management Practices - Defining What a Green Park Looks Like - National Park Service [PDF, 12 pages, 1.14 MB]
- Green and Getting Greener: Tips and Resources [PDF]
- GSA's Energy Management Solutions, Jennifer Hazelman [PDF, 33 pages, 1.08MB]
- 10/7/08 - “Off the Grid”, A Path to Net Zero Energy Consumption, Forest Service Senior Leader Report [PDF, 89 pages, 2.4 MB]
- Energy Savings Performance Contracts - DOE Presentation [PPT, 791 kb]
- Sustainable Operations - Our Environmental Footprint & The Climate Change Connection - Anna J. Jones-Crabtree P.E.; Ph.D.; LEED AP; Sustainable Operations Coordinator; Rocky Mountain & Northern Regions US Forest Service [PDF, 58 pages, 2.12 MB]
- Electronics Initiative @ USDA [PDF, 24 pages, 783 kb]
- 2011 Gunnison Micro-Grant Accomplishments
- The Gunnison Green Team was awarded $4,500 to install passive solar fans.
- USFS Renewable Energy Feasibility Study - Final Report (body) [PDF]
- USDA FY 2008 Annual Report on Energy Management [PDF]
- Draft - FY 2007 Annual Report on Energy Management [PDF, 28 pages, 594 kb]
- Leading By Example: Federal Government Environmental and Energy Efficiency Accomplishments for 2004-2006 [PDF, 104 pages, 2.04 MB]
Last Modified: 02/29/2012