Energy efficiency means using a different technology that uses less energy to function instead of the technology already in use. An example of this is installing LED light bulbs instead of traditional incandescent light bulbs. The light is still being used, only with a more efficient hardware.
Energy conservation means using less energy entirely. An example of this is turning off lights when there is no one in the room or unplugging appliances that are not in use.
Athens-Clarke County is committed to using energy efficiently when we use it, and reducing energy use when we can. In government facility upgrades and installations alone, Athens-Clarke County has avoided 875 tons of carbon dioxide and has maintained a level of $100,000 in savings from energy billing modifications and rebates in 2018.
Government buildings are currently involved in a goal to reduce building energy use by 15%. This is done by retrofitting the building with LED lights, solar installations, and energy reduction methods such as motion-activated sensors for lights and HVAC system renovations. We still have work to do, but almost 40% of buildings have met this goal this year.