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Reducing Energy Consumption

City staff work daily to manage energy use to provide businesses and residents the high quality of services they have come to expect. Here, you will find information about the use, costs and savings for these services over the last three years.

Every department in Westminster is a partner in operational energy conservation, which comes from the decisions and actions of employees who, in a culture of stewardship of taxpayer dollars, remain mindful of energy consumption in their daily work.

View the complete City of Westminster 2012 Comprehensive Energy Report.

What's the weather got to do with it?

The weather has a significant impact on how we use energy. In general, the weather history for the past three years (2009-2011) illustrates what climatologists have said for years: weather events, while decreasing in number, have gotten stronger. The highs will continue to be higher and the lows will be lower. The rain will come in heavy doses, though less frequently and with more cloudless weeks between. At the same time, average temperatures in this part of the country are continuing to climb, which amounts to more use of air conditioning.

In general, outside air temperatures track closely with inside energy costs. The colder it gets, the more heating runs. Additionally, heaters, pumps, fans and other elements use more energy. The summer means more watering, mowing, pumps running and more work for air conditioning systems. More energy is also used by water treatment facilities to provide this water. The hotter it gets, the more energy used. Similarly, if it is colder than usual, more energy is used; changing temperatures impact energy costs.

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