Energy Conservation Block Grants
With funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the city is significantly reducing operating costs, energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions. In October 2009, $1.2 million in Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants from the U.S. Department of Energy facilitated the following projects.
Recreation Facility Lighting Upgrades
Robinswood Tennis Center Court Lighting- Project Complete
Estimated annual energy savings of 39 percent and estimated annual cost savings of $10,639. New fixtures allow users to turn off the fixtures during the times when no one is present, which is not feasible with the present lighting system due to cool down requirements and restarting.
South Bellevue Community Center Gymnasium Lighting- Project Complete
Estimated annual energy savings of 64 percent and estimated annual cost savings of $5,870. The existing fixtures at this facility were not originally scheduled for replacement; however, efficiencies available in lighting systems available today will reduce lighting use by approximately 1400 hours annually and the grant-funded investment will pay for itself in less than six years.
Newport Hills Sports Fields- Project Complete
Estimated annual energy savings of 64 percent and estimated annual cost savings of $3,143. While new synthetic turf is expected to result in increased year round scheduling (from 170 hours to 400 hours per year), new system design requires fewer fixtures to sufficiently light the field and is designed to significantly minimize glare and spillover to surrounding areas while providing enhanced lighting to fields.
Highland Center Sports Fields- Project Complete
Estimated annual energy savings of 57 percent and estimated annual cost savings of $3,816. New system design requires fewer fixtures to sufficiently light the field and are designed to significantly minimize glare and spillover to surrounding areas while providing enhanced lighting to fields.
City Fleet Upgrades 90 Gas Vehicles to Hybrid
Expected annual savings from the replacement of 96 gas vehicles with hybrids is nearly $80,000 in fuel costs, 250 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions and 31,000 gallons of gasoline.
Home energy reports for residents, in partnership with Puget Sound Energy and the C-7 New Energy Partnership
In 2011, Over 35,000 Bellevue residents will receive free Home Energy Reports that show how their energy use compares with similar-sized homes in their neighborhood, along with personalized tips and overall recommendations on how they can save on their next bill. Program data shows average reductions of 2-3 percent in energy usage among recipients. While this may seem small, in the aggregate, it equates to profound savings.
The easy-to-understand reports will provide useful information on customers’ electricity and natural gas use, including:
- Comparison to neighbors: Residents will be able to see how their electricity and natural gas use compares to the aggregate usage of neighbors in similar-sized homes. Each participant’s energy information will be kept confidential; only they will see their personal information.
- Progress tracker: Residents will see how their energy use changes over time so they can set targets for energy savings and track the effectiveness of any energy-reducing steps they make.
- Personalized energy-efficiency tips: On each report, residents will receive tips chosen specifically for them based on their energy use and the characteristics of their home.
Participants will receive an updated personalized report every two months for the next year to help raise energy awareness and measure the energy savings they achieve. Participants may opt out at any time by calling a PSE Energy Advisor at 1-800- 562-1482, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.