Section 9 Parks & Recreation
Policy 9-1 ENERGY CONSERVATION MEASURES
DISTRIBUTION: All Departments
DATE: December 1, 1979
SUBJECT: To establish policies and implement procedures
to promote energy conservation.
To outline energy conservation measures to be taken by all City personnel in the operation of
City facilities, vehicles and equipment.
BACKGROUND: Conservation of energy is of concern to the entire nation. In keeping with
present national goals to meet the energy shortages, various contingency measures are necessary.
The measures outline below are to be strictly adhered to by all City personnel, as conservation of
energy is vital to the best interest of the City of Lawton and national efforts concerned with the
existing energy crisis.
I. Utilities Usage in City Buildings
A. Effective immediately, all thermostatically controlled
heating/air conditioning units in
City-owned facilities will be set at a maximum 65 degrees during cold weather and at a minimum
of 78 degrees during warm weather. In cases where this is impractical, or where operational
requirements dictate otherwise, thermostats should be set at a practical level and the City
Manager advised of such by a written memorandum.
B. All buildings which do not have thermostatically controlled
hearing/air conditioning units
shall, through manual controls, set temperature in accordance with A above.
C. The use of electric heaters is prohibited except in
cases of extreme emergency.
Emergency use may be authorized by the City Manager.
D. Electric lights will be turned off when not needed. At normal close of business, electric
lights will be turned off and all appliances unplugged with the exception of electric clocks. Only
the minimum building lights necessary for security, will be turned on at night.
In view of the above policies governing the heating/cooling of City buildings,
all personnel are
urged to dress accordingly. Female employees are encouraged to use appropriate combinations
of pants (slacks) and sweater or other apparel that will insure adequate warmth and protection
during cold weather in the event prescribed temperature settings are too low for your personal
II. Use of Petroleum Products and the Operation of Motor Vehicles
A. City motor vehicles will be protected to 0 (zero)
degrees Fahrenheit. When the
temperature goes below zero degrees, this protection is adequate to prevent freezing. Vehicle
operators are cautioned that over-heating might occur, however, during and after engine warm-up, in
which case ignitions must be turned off until over-hearing is reduced.
B. Engine warm-up will be discontinued and operators
will ascertain that initial movement
of vehicle is gradual and at the lowest possible speed.
C. Idling of engines during temporary standing will not
longer be practiced.
D. City vehicles engaged in local travel will be operated
at speeds well under posted speed
limits when possible and when operated on streets having synchronized traffic lights, will be
operated at speeds to take full advantage of signal synchronization.
E. Even though only a minute fraction of City vehicles
are used for out-of-town travel, a 55
MPS speed will be observed on roads and highways.
F. Every effort will be made to consolidate travel and
to combine work crews for
transportation to and from job site whenever possible both locally and out-of-town.
It is reiterated that the measures outlined in this policy be complied with
by all City personnel
until further notice. It is expected that supervisory personnel at all levels direct their attention
the successful implementation of these policies and conduct necessary follow-up to insure
RECISSION: This policy becomes effective December
1, 1979; supersedes Administrative
Policy 9-1 dated July 17, 1979 and will remain in effect until rescinded.
____/s/ Robert E. Metzinger___________
Robert E. Metzinger