County Commissioners Begin Engery Savings Process

October 16, 2012

The Elbert County Board of Commissioners agreed to get the ball rolling on an approach to cut back energy costs at some of the county’s properties.

During Thursday’s work session, ABM Building Solutions presented a plan on how the county could begin to cut back on energy. Fast forward to yesterday evening, where the commissioners held their regular monthly meeting; County Administrator Bob Thomas detail one of the first moves the county would take to begin the process of cutting energy costs.

“They will come in and do a detailed survey about our lighting system on how to save energy with our lighting”, explained Thomas. “And particularly with our heating and air conditioning units.”

According to Thomas, there are nearly sixty A/C units that are in use at the government complex, and that now, some of them are beginning to show their age.

“There are some things that can be done, these older units are approaching over twenty years of age, and they are certainly not as energy efficient as they used to be”, detailed Thomas. “We talked about coming in and replacing those units with more energy efficient units.

The properties included in the energy savings plan are the Elbert County Government Complex, Elbert County Detention Center, and the Courthouse.

The Elbert County Board of Commissioners approved a Request for Quotation on an energy audit of the properties previously mentioned. The motion passed with a 4-1 vote, with Commissioner Kenneth Ashworth voting in opposition.