Update: Office Energy Challenge

In May, we shattered our 10% energy reduction goal and had our lowest month of electricity use since we began keeping track in 2006!

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Even if you don’t work at TWP, you can still be part of the Office Energy Challenge. A growing number of supporters are matching our efforts, going “ton for ton” with us. For every ton of carbon we keep from the atmosphere, you can match our efforts through our carbon offset program. For more details, contact pete@treeswaterpeople.org.

Office Energy Challenge Update: 31% Reduction in March

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Office Energy Challenge Update: At the Trees, Water & People office in Fort Collins, Colorado, we met our 10% reduction goal in March! In fact, we had a 31% decrease from our baseline. This is the 3rd month in a row that we have met our 10% reduction goal. Stay tuned for our April update!

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Even if you don’t work at TWP, you can still be part of TWP’s Office Energy Challenge! A growing number of supporters are matching our efforts, going “ton for ton” with us; for every ton of carbon we keep from burning up in the smoke stacks, you can match our efforts through our carbon offset program!  For details, contact pete@treeswaterpeople.org .

Office Energy Challenge Update: 35% Reduction in January!

by Pete Iengo, Office Manager and Energy Guru

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Trees Water & People works to protect people and the planet on every level: internationally, nationally, and locally.  After all, we are sprouted locally and growing globally!  As the team’s Office and Facility Manager, I have the privilege of spearheading our carbon reduction efforts here at 633 Remington St., and as a result have developed the TWP Office Energy Challenge.

January was a great month for energy use reduction at the office.  Our goal was 10%, but we overshot that by 25%, for a total energy reduction of 35%!  For the second month in a row we have also beat any single month since we started keeping track in 2006.  I am excited that we have been able to beat our goals during the first months of the challenge;  doing so has helped us establish a solid baseline moving forward.  I have found that making habitual change easy and creating awareness around electricity usage have been the two largest contributors to our success thus far.  You too can shape your energy future by exploring and using these simple concepts!

Before you know it we will be moving into the warmer months here in Fort Collins.  With that, electricity use will inevitably rise as air-conditioning comes into play.  This is an unavoidable “cost of business”; this place really gets hot!

Our building’s temperature is particularly challenging to regulate.  People are spread throughout the entire space and across three floors, so the temperature in the basement can be quite different than on the top floor.  We will continue to get creative, and find ways to keep use down that do not compromise our business model.  Have any suggestions? Let us know!

Understanding where our usage can be before we turn the AC on ultimately prepares us to keep use at a minimum as the seasons change…bring on the heat Colorado!

Even if you don’t work at TWP, you can still be part of TWP’s Office Energy Challenge! A growing number of supporters are matching our efforts, going “ton for ton” with us; for every ton of carbon we keep from burning up in the smoke stacks, you can match our efforts through our carbon offset program!  For details, contact pete@treeswaterpeople.org .

Kicking off the New Year with an “Office Energy Challenge”

by Pete Iengo, Office and Facilities Manager

Trees Water & People (TWP) works to protect people and the planet on every level: internationally, nationally, and locally.  After all, we are sprouted locally and growing globally!  As the teams Office and Facility Manager, I have the privilege of spearheading our carbon reduction efforts here at 633 Remington St., and as a result have developed the TWP Office Energy Challenge.

Current Cost monitorStarted as an energy monitoring project reported through Fort Collins’ free and voluntary Climate Wise Program, we have created a challenge directed at reducing our energy usage right here in the office.  Our goal at the TWP office is to reduce wasted energy and phantom loads by 10%, while maintaining the highly efficient and well rounded business model TWP is known for.

An indispensable contributor in helping us understand our baseline energy use  and target our reduction goal is Fort Collins business owner and energy monitor guru Rick England.  Rick is spending countless hours monitoring and analyzing both real-time use and historical data for people throughout the Fort Collins community.  With this analysis we also get Rick’s expert guidance, which is bringing people closer to their energy reduction goals every day.

Go Green light BulbNow that Rick and I have identified the energy squandering culprits from around our building, we are ready to tackle the waste and tighten up the TWP operation. It has been fascinating learning the variation in output of over 100 measured appliances throughout the building and how those appliances effect our usage each month; it really adds up.

TWP is constantly working to help communities protect the natural resources they rely on, and that effort must reflect what we are doing here in the office.  This is precisely why the TWP Office Energy Challenge is so important.

Even if you don’t work at TWP, you can still be part of TWP’s Office Energy Challenge! A growing number of supporters are matching our efforts, going “ton for ton” with us; for every ton of carbon we keep from burning up in the smoke stacks, you can match our efforts through our carbon offset program!  For details, contact pete@treeswaterpeople.org .