Cutting energy costs at municipal facilitiesOver a hundred public facilities managed to save nearly 20% in gas (632,191 kWh), 15.6% in water (5,142 m3) and 5.4% in electricity (97,117 kWh) thanks to the first Energy-Savings Marathon, a campaign to foster good practice in energy consumption.
The Energy-Savings Marathon consisted of increasing awareness among citizens and workers at municipal facilities and buildings about the energy and water they can save. Examples include using short flush systems for toilets, using stairs instead of lifts and setting heating systems at appropriate levels.
Throughout February, district offices, municipal managers’ offices, community centres, municipal sports facilities and schools participating in the initiative managed to save the equivalent monthly consumption of 1,083 households with four members, as well as nearly two Olympic-sized swimming pools full of water.
Results of the marathon
In order to measure the energy savings achieved, consumption at each municipal facility was monitored throughout February and compared with the average for the same month over the last three years. Although February was colder in comparison to the previous years, the results of the marathon are positive.
Comparisons between the district offices show that percentagewise the office which cut gas consumption the most was the Sarrià – Sant Gervasi office, with a saving of 20.75%. In terms of water, the Sant Martí office made the biggest saving, cutting consumption by 44.53%. Finally, the Les Corts office achieved the biggest cut in electricity consumption, saving 16.06%.
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