Improving Energy Efficiency
Texas businesses are constantly finding ways to be more energy efficient. As a result, our economy’s energy intensity — a measure of how much energy is used per unit of output — fell by nearly 68 percent between 1970 and 2005.
The Comptroller’s State Energy Conservation Office partners with Texas consumers, businesses, educators and local governments to further reduce energy costs and maximize efficiency.
SECO will be administering three U.S. Department of Energy American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) programs:
- the State Energy Program;
- the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program; and
- the Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program.
ARRA funding will enable SECO to expand its efforts and initiate programs to achieve greater energy efficiencies, support the installation of renewable energy in publicly funded facilities and increase transportation efficiencies through funding for local governments to support:
- use of alternative fuel vehicles,
- synchronization of traffic signals, and
- use of LEDs in traffic signals.
ARRA funding also will enable SECO to work with local governments and consumers across the state to provide education and outreach on proven ways to reduce energy use.