Overview

The City measures all of the energy used in our municipal operations including heating buildings, pumping water to residents, lighting the streets, and driving trash trucks to pick up waste. The City’s efforts to reduce energy use saves money and reduces its impact on the environment.

MMBTU

Million British Thermal Units

Energy use from different sources are measured in different ways – electricity is measured in kWh, natural gas in therms, oil in gallons. We often convert these different measures into million British Thermal Units (MMBTU) to better understand and compare total energy use.

Our Data
  • 488,860 MMBTU

     

    2008

    Baseline
  • 473,315 MMBTU

     

    2010

  • 423,855 MMBTU

     

    2012

  • 454,725 MMBTU

     

    2014

  • 470,271 MMBTU

     

    2015

Our Data
2008

Baseline

488,860 MMBTU

 
2010

473,315MMBTU

 
2012

423,855 MMBTU

 
2014

454,725MMBTU

 
2015

470,271MMBTU

 
Charts & Graphs

What Does this Graph Show Us?

The graph at the left shows us the amount of energy that has been consumed through municipal operations from 2008 through 2015. We reduce our total energy consumption (and costs) when we install energy efficiency measures, like we did in 2012 and 2013. However,  when we add to our operations or struggle to maintain or replace equipment in our facilities, due to limited budgets, it can cause increases in our total energy use. We are working to address these challenges.

What Does this Chart Show Us?

This pie chart breaks down energy use from municipal operations by sector.  As would be expected in a city like Springfield, our buildings use the most energy, followed by our municipal vehicles. Opportunities to improve efficiency in our buildings and our vehicles will yield us the most gains in energy savings.

What Does this Chart Show Us?

This pie chart breaks down energy use from municipal operations by source. Given that buildings is the sector that uses the most energy, it is not a surprise that electricity is the largest source. With diesel fuel as the second largest source of energy consumption, that tells us we need to look at our trucks and heavy equipment for efficiency opportunities.

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