Street lighting, municipal buildings, and water pumping tend to be the largest energy users within a city. As such, cities have many opportunities to reduce their energy consumption - and their energy costs!
As members of the San Gabriel Valley Energy Wise Partnership, cities are eligible for additional incentives from Southern California Edison (SCE) and Southern California Gas Company (SCG). These cities are also eligible to have one-on-one free consultation meetings with the Partnership to identify possible energy efficiency projects for their facilities. For member agencies that are interested in scheduling one-on-one city meetings, please contact (626) 457-1800.
Below are just a few of the projects that cities can complete in their facilities to reduce their energy usage:
Street lighting constitutes a significant portion of municipal energy consumption and expenditures. By converting to LED fixtures, municipalities can achieve great energy and financial savings. The benefit of LED retrofits include:
Decreased energy consumption and costs
Longer product lifespan and reduced maintenance
Improved community safety
No mercury, lead, or other disposable hazards
HVAC retrofits can immediately lower energy costs up to 40%, and eliminate repair costs for an inefficient system. Replacing multiple units in municipal facilities helps spread out fixed costs, and will also lower other costs related to equipment purchase and installation.
Water Pump Operations
Retrofitting water pumps and motors is crucial to maintaining municipal underground infrastructure, and keeping it problem free. The average pump/motor efficiency is in the range of 60 to 65%, where new pumps and motors can achieve efficiency up to 85%.
Pool pumps are one of the largest consumers of energy in municipal facilities. Most older pumps are inexpensive to install, but expensive to operate. Replacing old, inefficient pumps will require less maintenance, last longer, and through slower water filtration rates, allow for better and more effective filtration of pool water.