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Johnson County commits to reduce energy usage: $500,000 in annual savings anticipated

Today, the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) unanimously adopted a new energy conservation policy for Johnson County Government.

The policy states the BOCC “embraces energy conservation for Johnson County Government and believes it to be everyone’s responsibility to ensure that every reasonable effort is made to conserve energy and natural resources while exercising sound financial management.”

This spring, the BOCC directed Johnson County Government to enter a five-year agreement with Cenergistic, Inc., a firm specializing in behavioral-based energy management. The initiative is expected to save approximately $500,000 a year in utility costs savings. It does not require the county to increase its utility budget, purchase new energy equipment or upgrade existing equipment.

“Despite our ongoing efforts to be good stewards of resources, utility costs remain one of our largest expenses,” said County Manager Hannes Zacharias. “By making some minor behavioral changes that mostly affect our buildings outside regular business hours, we can make a big impact.”

Cenergistic will provide two energy specialists who will work onsite at the county and help staff create and implement the energy-savings plan and provide ongoing monitoring of the county’s energy usage. For 29 years Cenergistic has helped more than 1,350 organizations nationwide reduce energy consumption and conserve significant energy dollars. Local clients include the Olathe, De Soto, Kansas City, KS, Raytown, MO and Park Hill, MO school districts.