Dim bulbs help conserve downtown power

Office workers may have noticed their Financial District buildings were a bit dimmer this week. That wasn’t the heat baking your brain but an effort by PG&E and the Building Owners and Managers Association to cut back on electricity.

The Demand Response Program asks building owners to cut back on the power during days when electricity use is at a peak and demand for air conditioning is high, like when temperatures peaked at 98 degrees downtown last week.

The program has saved approximately 769,600 kilowatt hours of power this year, the equivalent of 430,379 lbs of carbon dioxide, according to a press release from BOMA. 

“We’re reducing carbon usage and utility expenses, while sending a message of goodwill to our tenants,” said Blake Peterson, senior property manager for Ashforth Pacific and vice chair of BOMA San Francisco’s Energy and Environment Committee.

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