Cumberland County is one of 19 Government Courthouses in the United States &
the only Courthouse in Pennsylvania to receive the EPA Energy Star Award in 2017.
More than 4 million energy dollars have been saved over the last 13 years due to the efforts of our Facilities Management team.
Late in 2004 our Director of Facilities Management and County Administrator began an innovative conversation that revolved around energy saving upgrades. Consequently, in April 2005 Constellation Energy Projects & Services was awarded a contract for $1.9 million.
Through continued daily efforts between Constellation Energy and the Director of Facilities Management, the County was able to replace equipment that had surpassed its useful lifespan with new energy efficient equipment.
Within 7 years the County received a complete payback of the initial investment. Going forward, the County continues to reap 100% of the monetary benefits through the energy management system.
Saving energy has become a way of life for the Facilities Management team of Cumberland County.
The installation of energy efficient lighting and vending machines; low flow water faucets and commodes; recycling programs; and several other initiatives have lowered the courthouse’s greenhouse emissions. The reduction is the equivalent of removing 300 passenger cars from the road per year for the last 13 years. This program has also provided cost savings for the County. Last year, Facilities Management was able to save the County more than$350,000 in energy costs.
Our guaranteed energy savings, for year 13 was expected to be $298,625. However, Cumberland County exceeded the projected amount, with an actual savings of $360,551. That’s a savings of 21% beyond what was expected!
Cumberland County Commissioners remain committed to maintaining energy efficiency as a priority utilizing energy savings measures in all County-owned facilities.
Our total Energy Savings after 13 years is over $4 million!