Our building was designed for efficient use of space and to take advantage of natural light. Both the administration and factory areas operate with maximum energy efficiency year-round with the help of energy-efficient lighting systems, ductless heating and cooling, full loft ceiling insulation, heat pumps and heat reclamation processes. The image at left shows the lighting retrofit in progress.
Three ways to up your PSAP's impact
On average, employees in the United States spend more than 90% of their time inside "artificial environments" - home, work, commerce. With so much time spent indoors, there's ample opportunity to institute recycling and energy-efficiency programs. Here are three ways your PSAP can be a part of the change.
Recycling is actionable and the impact is measurable. Did you know that approximately 16% of landfill solid waste is comprised of paper that is eligible to be recycled? And in offices, it is estimated that 45% of paper printed each day ends up in the trash by day's end. That means you can shift some burden away from our nation's landfills. Begin small by making recycling bins easy to access. Label them clearly with acceptable recyclables. And get people excited by starting a recycling competition with another municipal agency in your area.
2) Swap bulbs
Many energy providers offer incentives including rebates and multi-year savings when you swap incandescent or florescent bulbs to LEDs. Check with your electricity vendor for details or start with these websites:
3) Localize environment controls
The battle of the thermostat and the light switch are well known among PSAP teams. In addition to providing personalized comfort control, agencies may save on heating/cooling, and lighting costs long-term by providing environment controls at each dispatchers workstation. Choose workstations with energy-efficient appliances.