The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is introducing a new, nationwide program to encourage fire departments to reduce their energy use. Four fire departments in North Carolina have accepted the Chief’s Energy Challenge, aiming to cut their energy consumption over the next three years.
The Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh fire departments will use best practices and lessons learned from firefighters already in the program. The challenge is to reduce departmental energy by 10% the first year and 20% by third year.
Fire departments can participate in the Chief’s Energy Challenge by signing up with the EPA Portfolio Manager. The first 20 fire departments to sign up will be assigned a volunteer to help with the process.
The initiative is designed to inspire energy conservation and demonstrate that even small changes can make a big difference. Departments can begin immediately by implementing low- or no-cost strategies designed to reduce energy consumption, as well as energy bills.