For immediate release - September 2, 2005
TAVARES — Lake County officials are urging employees to conserve energy by turning off unneeded electric appliances and lights, slightly adjusting air c onditioner thermostats upward and turning off all lights, computers and office equipment at night.
“Lake County Government is taking conservation measures, mindful of the possible reduction in some supplies because of the impact of Hurricane Katrina,” said County Manager Cindy Hall.
As Lake County Board of County Commission employees work to conserve energy, residents are encouraged to do the same.
“We need to think about our driving habits and plan accordingly,” said Jerry Smith, Director of the Lake County Emergency Management Division. “Basically the message is Lake County Government and its citizens need to conserve energy and use some of the principles used during the energy crunch in the 1970s.”
Besides adapting daily routines to save energy, Lake County Government is also investigating additional ways to conserve fuel, including evaluating and adjusting travel plans. Hall has requested that all department directors review their operations and make adjustments to overall fuel consumption.
“Current fuel supply appears adequate,” Hall said.
To be prepared in the event that events make it necessary to increase conservation measures, departments were requested to update their contingency plan for limited use of resources.
While Lake County Government and its citizens are encouraged to conserve fuel, Smith reiterates neither the County nor the entire State of Florida is in a fuel crisis. Currently Lake County has enough fuel supply to operate under normal conditions.
Some energy conservation tips for employees and residents to consider are:
- Adjust air conditioner thermostats slightly upward.
- Turn off all nonessential appliances. Use nonessential appliances, such as washing machines, dryers and dishwashers during off-peak hours (before noon or after 6 p.m.).
- Close drapes and blinds to keep out direct sunlight during hot periods.
- Turn lights off when leaving a room. At work, turn off all lights, computers and office equipment when leaving for the day.
For more energy conservation tips, log on to www.lakecountyfl.gov.
Office: (352) 343-9609; Cell: (352) 455-0445