The City and its community-owned power company, Denton Municipal Electric (DME), are committed to efficient use of energy resources. The City promotes efficiency, conservation, and investment in renewable energy.
Since 2009, DME has purchased approximately 40% of its power from wind energy, generated just outside of Muenster, with no rate increase to ratepayers!
Saving Energy in City Operations:
- From 2003-2006 the City replaced all traffic lights with LEDs, saving approximately $35,000 annually since completion.
- In 2008, Denton completed a landfill-to-gas energy project, which provides enough electricity to power approximately 1600 homes.
- In 2011, DME began installation of an Automated Metering Infrastructure, which increases metering efficiency and assists in measuring effectiveness of conservation programs.
- In 2011, The City completed extensive energy efficiency upgrades in its facilities, saving approximately 1,436 MWh (1,436,000 kWh) and approximately $143,600 annually .
Saving Energy at your Home or Business:
The City of Denton offers free professional Energy Audits, to help residents target energy saving measures. Additionally, the City offers Energy Efficiency Rebates to help offset the costs of many energy efficiency improvements. Solar electric (photovoltaic) systems also qualify for rebates. DME also offers a 100% Renewable Energy electricity rate (GreenSense Renewable rate). Information on tax incentives for efficiency and renewable Energy upgrades can also be found on the DME website.
Energy Saving Tips:
- Get your air conditioning system (HVAC) ready for heating and cooling seasons. Consider having an HVAC technician out for seasonal maintenance; but, most importantly, remember to change your air filters. Air filters should be replaced every three months.
- Cool wisely. A programmable or smart thermostat will allow you to keep your home cooler when people are actually home. Ceiling fans also help keep you cool and comfortable while keeping the thermostat at a higher temperature setting.
- Use cool lights for a cooler house. LED and compact fluorescent (CFL) light bulbs save money by using 75% less energy than standard incandescent bulbs and they reduce air-conditioning loads.
- Insulate and seal the leaks. Energy-efficiency upgrades such as attic insulation, weatherization (weather stripping) and duct sealing, which will keep cool air inside and hot air outside. Also, many energy-efficiency upgrades qualify for the City’s GreenSense Energy Efficiency rebates. For more information, click on "GreenSense Incentives" under “Customer Programs," or call (940) 349-7733.
- Consider installing solar screens, especially on west or south facing windows, to reduce the heat gain from sunshine entering your home.
- Schedule a free energy audit. Let the City identify areas in your home or small business that may be wasting energy.
Information and Resources
Call (940) 349-7733 to schedule an audit, or visit Energy Audits
NOTE: Broken or burned out CFLs can be picked by scheduling a Household Hazardous Waste pick-up at (940) 349-8700. Home Depot and Lowes also accept burned out CFLs.
(To the left is the duct blaster equipment and to the right is a methane collection well at the City of Denton Landfill. )