Dallas honored for outstanding energy efficiency

DALLAS, TX – The City of Dallas has received an award from the State Energy Conservation Office and the Texas Energy Partnership for outstanding achievements in energy efficiency and air quality improvement.

The city has reduced its overall energy use through a number of initiatives, including use of lighting upgrades and solar panels, and installation of new heating and air conditioning systems and automated building controls. Energy savings have also been realized by replacing incandescent traffic lights with Light Emitting Diodes, installing a geothermal heat pump and replacing old roofs with supplemental insulations.

“In addition to our existing facilities, all new City of Dallas buildings larger than 10,000 square feet will open using 15 to 25 percent less energy than conventional buildings,” according to Department of Equipment and Building Services Interim Energy Manager Jesse Dillard. “These new buildings will save energy and water, use recyclable materials, and promote the use of renewable energy.”

Dillard said staff members will continue to implement energy conservation measures in city facilities whenever possible.