Today’s Register has a front page story on how New Haven has drastically cut energy expenditures even as energy costs rise all over the state. The savings result from a combination of common-sense measures, such as dimming lights during off-peak hours, and more high-tech solutions, such as using boilers that can use either oil or natural gas depending on which is cheaper. Total savings to the city last year were $5 million. Check out the whole Register article.
New Haven’s innovative and successful energy conservation program is just one example of how, under Mayor DeStefano’s leadership, the size and cost of government has shrunk, while the scope of services provided has actually expanded. It is also the kind of creative problem-solving this state needs its governor to be able to lead.
Other highlights of how the city’s energy conservation program and environmental policies have saved taxpayer money: by 2010, savings from energy-efficient lighting are expected to reach $40 million; cutting pollution has saved the city an approximated $4 million in health costs; shifting the city fleet to renewable energy and fuel cell cars saves taxpayer money on gas.