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Council OKs Plan to Cut Energy Use 10%

February 07, 2001|GAIL DAVIS

The City Council voted to surpass Gov. Gray Davis' request that cities cut their energy use by 5%, and will instead try for a 10% reduction.

In a 6-0 vote Monday night, the council approved the 10% goal. Councilman Ray DiGuilio was absent.

Public Works Director Ron Calkins said in the past few years the city has cut energy use 30% by installing energy-saving traffic lights, water systems and equipment at its waste-water plant.

It plans to do more, he said, such as installing energy-saving pedestrian crossing signs, energy-efficient light fixtures at City Hall and more sensors that turn off lights when a room is empty.

The city will also soon replace its 30-year-old air-ventilating system with more efficient machines, he said.

City staff members also will be asked to turn off lights and computers when they leave a room and to turn thermostats down.

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