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.  

PROCEDURE:

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 working comfort.  

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 to the successful implementation of these policies and conduct necessary follow-up to insure compliance.

REFERENCES:    None

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
City Manager