Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How much does NYC government spend on energy?
What is NYC doing to become more energy efficient?
I sell an energy-related product or service, how can I do business with the City?
How many GHG emissions does NYC produce?
What is the City doing to reduce government GHG emissions?
What is the City doing to replace PCB-containing ballasts in lighting fixtures?
I rent an apartment in NYC, what can I do to save on my energy bill?
I am a homeowner, how can I save on my energy bill?
I am a business owner, how can I save on my energy bill?
How can I find out my carbon footprint?

Q: How much does NYC government spend on energy?
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The New York City government spends over $800 million a year on electricity, natural gas, and heating oil - and consumes roughly 6.5% of all the energy consumed in the City. To learn more about the City's energy use and budget, visit Managing City Energy Accounts.

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Q: What is NYC doing to become more energy efficient?
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NYC is committing 10% of the City's annual energy budget to fund energy-saving investments in City operations, including its buildings, fleet, street lights, and wastewater treatment plants. For buildings, the City is implementing a comprehensive, data-driven program to make all buildings more energy efficient. This effort includes energy benchmarking, energy audits and retrofits, retro-commissioning, clean energy installations, enhanced operations and maintenance practices, training and outreach, an enterprise metering and monitoring solution, measurement and verification, and data analysis and reporting. To learn how DEM is reducing energy use throughout City government operations, visit Municipal Energy Use & GHG Emissions.

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Q: I sell an energy-related product or service, how can I do business with the City?
A:
Find the answer to this question on our Vendors page.

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Q: How many GHG emissions does NYC produce?
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In Fiscal Year 2010, the municipal government of the City of New York produced 3.47 million metric tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Read the 2011 New York City Inventory of Greenhouse Gas Emissions (PDF opens in new window) for detailed information. DEM is working to reduce government-generated GHG emissions 30% by 2017, as directed by the New York City long-term sustainability plan PlaNYC. Learn more about the 30x17 effort in the Municipal Energy Use & GHG Emissions section of our website.

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Q: What is the City doing to reduce government GHG emissions?
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DEM is leading a multi-pronged approach to reduce government greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 30% by 2017. See the Municipal Energy Use & GHG Emissions section of our website to learn more.

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Q: What is the City doing to replace PCB-containing ballasts in lighting fixtures?
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Please see DEM's PCB info sheet (PDF opens in new window) to learn about how the City is replacing old, inefficient lighting fixtures that may contains ballasts with PCBs.

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Q: I rent an apartment in NYC, what can I do to save on my energy bill?
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The EPA has a checklist of steps you can take to save energy around your apartment.

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Q: I am a homeowner, how can I save on my energy bill?
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Visit the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Savers website for energy saving tips around your home.

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Q: I am a business owner, how can I save on my energy bill?
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Visit the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Savers website for energy saving tips around your workplace.

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Q: How can I find out my carbon footprint?
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You can calculate your carbon footprint online with a tool developed by the The Nature Conservancy.

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