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Energy Efficiency and Conservation


Energy conservation programs can help local governments and citizens manage energy costs and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices. The programs are a component of sustainability policies, which address environmental issues such as renewable resources and climate change. This page includes energy conservation resources as well as illustrations of emergency measures taken during recent supply shortages.

The links to actions of local governments related to the temporary energy supply shortage of 2001 have been retained for reference should another energy crisis occur in the future. Other information on this page relates to other ongoing energy conservation programs.

Energy Code Information

Energy Conservation Programs and Consumer Information



Local Government Programs

Energy Planning Tools and Applications

  • A Blueprint for Urban Sustainability, Sustainable Energy Planning Office, Gas Technology Institute, 2004 via National Energy Center for Technology - A resource designed to help cities develop sustainable energy plans that will enable communities to meet their present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. It includes case study examples, technological information, and contacts.
  • CALeep Workbook - California Local Energy Efficiency Program - The workbook provides a tool to be used by local officials and community activists to initiate, plan, organize, implement, and assess energy efficiency activities at the local and regional level
  • Creating Energy Efficient Communities, "Community Energy," National Center for Appropriate Technology Smart Communities Network
  • D. E. E. R. Database for Energy Efficient Resources - California Energy Commission and California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) - Designed to provide well-documented estimates of energy and peak demand savings values, measure costs, and effective useful life (EUL) all with one data source
  • Energy Star Programs
  • Powering Down Zoning Regulations, by Jeffrey S. Beiswenger, Zoning Practice, 12/2012 (Available through MRSC Library Loan) - Some zoning provisions affect energy efficiency, article provides nine ways to power down zoning for energy savings.
  • Toolkit for Community Energy Planning, Community Energy Association (British Columbia), rev. 2006

Water and Wastewater Facilities

Lighting Programs

Policy Directives on Energy Conservation

Policy directives from the energy crisis of 2001 have been retained as examples in the event of a future energy emergency.

Last Modified: January 27, 2015