State saves $3.1 million in energy efficiency program

By Andrew Donovan

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Turning off lights, turning down the heat
and buying with an eye toward energy efficiency is saving New York
more than $3.1 million so far this fiscal year.

The energy efficiency program for state offices was aimed at promoting the idea publicly. But the payoff halfway through the fiscal year is also a boost for the cash-strapped state.

State General Services Commissioner John Egan says the savings include a new natural gas contract and retrofitting more state buildings to be more energy efficient.

Halfway through the fiscal year, Egan says the state's energy bill is down 5.15 percent compared to the first half of last year and down more than 13 percent from 2007.

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