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Energy and Green Buildings

Did you know that the majority of the air pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and a significant amount of water used across the City of Orlando comes from powering our buildings? In order to address this problem, we have made a commitment to shift away from energy that is generated through the burning of fossil fuels towards investments in clean, renewable energy. We’re also seeking out ways to make our buildings more energy efficient – meaning that less energy and money is wasted through the process of powering the building – and encouraging green building practices. By pursuing these goals, we will curb waste, save businesses and residents money, boost the local economy, create new jobs, and support a cleaner, healthier environment.

In order for The City Beautiful to minimize its environmental impacts and contributions to global climate change, we have developed the following targets and goals to drive our pursuit of clean, efficient energy consumption and green building design:

We plan to make The City Beautiful more accessible towards energy and renewable resources, by these targets and goals.
Metrics2010 (Baseline)2018 (Targets)2040 (Goals)
Renewable Energy 1.8 %8%Original: Obtaining 50% of electricity from clean, renewable sources

UPDATED (5/31/17): Mayor Dyer has joined more than 120 other mayors from across the country as part of the Sierra Club’s Mayors for 100% Clean Energy and has committed to 100% renewably-sourced energy by 2050.

Read more here.
Energy Use (KwH per capita)12,003 11,403 (5% reduction)Reducing total electricity consumption by 20% from 2010 levels; Ensuring 100% of new and existing buildings meet green building standards
Greenhouse Gases (GHG)5,803,851 tons of CO24,352,888 tons of CO2 (25% reduction)Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 90% from 2007 levels

  1. $2.5 M in Annual Energy Savings

    Better Buildings Challenge

    As part of the Better Buildings Challenge, the City is undergoing $17.5M of energy efficiency upgrades at 55 of our buildings, which will save us up to $2.5 million per year – freeing dollars that will help pay for the cost of the new police headquarters currently in construction and can be invested in our parks, public safety services and youth programs.

  2. Improved Energy and Water Use Data

    Tracking and improving our energy and water use through Lucid BuildingOS

    In order to direct our focus to the buildings that need improvements or attention in real-time, Orlando uses Lucid BuildingOS, a specialized software to measure and monitor the energy and water consumed by all of our City buildings. This information will be used to manage our buildings’ performance, compare how we’re doing with 100 other forward-thinking cities as part of the Connected Cities initiative.

  3. New Efficient Buildings

    Requiring LEED certification for all newly constructed city-owned buildings

    Since 2007, the City has committed to meeting LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards for all newly constructed City buildings, reflecting a commitment made by over 400 other local governments. LEED is a voluntary green building certification program that requires energy and water efficiency and sustainable materials and construction practices. One of Orlando’s early successes was to build the first LEED-certified fire station in Florida.

  4. Renovation Projects

    Completing a series of energy efficient renovation projects

    Several buildings ranging from fire stations to community centers to the Amway Center and City Hall have been undergoing renovations to save energy and taxpayer dollars. Many of the retrofits comprised of advanced controls (proudly made in the USA) that allow facility managers to track energy consumption in real-time and to receive notifications when large systems like chillers or condensing units are using an abnormal amount of energy, enabling facility staff to quickly fix problems. Other measures included replacing air conditioning equipment that was at least twelve years old and initiating LED-replacement programs for the 50,000 residential streetlights in the city.

  1. Building Energy and Water Efficiency Strategy (BEWES)

    Making strides with our proposed Building Energy and Water Efficiency Strategy (BEWES)

    In December 2016, Mayor Dyer and City Council unanimously passed the BEWES policy, which is focused on helping building owners and managers understand their building’s energy performance through benchmarking and identification of the technical and financial resources available to implement energy and water efficiency measures. Upon citywide implementation beginning in August 2018, this policy will help cut energy waste, save money for tenants and building owners, create jobs, reduce harmful pollution, and create a greener future for generations to come.

    Learn more about the BEWES program

  2. Committing to Improving Our Community

    Leading together with the Better Communities Alliance

    Through the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Communities Alliance, Orlando has joined dozens of city and county leaders who are making commitments to reduce the wasted energy in homes and buildings, expand renewable energy and sustainable transportation options for their residents and businesses, harness new energy-saving technologies, and invest in resilient power systems and community infrastructure.

  3. City Energy Project

    Working with national partners in the City Energy Project

    The City Energy Project is a national initiative to create healthier and more prosperous American cities by improving the energy efficiency of buildings. Working in partnership, Orlando will develop innovative, practical solutions that cut energy waste, boost local economies, and reduce harmful pollution.

    Learn more about Orlando’s City Energy Project

  4. Central Florida Energy Efficiency Alliance (CFEEA)

    Collaborating with local leaders of the Central Florida Energy Efficiency Alliance (CFEEA)

    Provides a unified voice for professional and trade organizations, local government, academia, and utilities, who are committed to research, education and implementation of environmentally and socially responsible energy and building management practices that conserve energy and natural resources.

    For more information about CFEEA, email us at

  1. Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)

    Consider our Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program for your next home or business improvement

    Beginning fall 2016, the City of Orlando will provide a new set of financial tools to home and business owners to help them lower their utility bills and make our buildings more energy and water efficient through the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program. PACE removes the barriers of high upfront costs and provides low-interest financing to help residents and business owners looking to modernize, mitigate wind damage and improve the energy and water efficiency of their property.

    Learn more about the PACE program

  2. Solar & Energy Loan Fund (SELF)

    See if you qualify for Solar & Energy Loan Fund (SELF) financing

    The City is proud to sponsor the Solar & Energy Loan Fund (SELF), a nonprofit community lending organization providing favorable financing for assorted home improvements that can help save money, increase equity and home value, improve hurricane resistance, and enhance comfort and livability.

    For more information, visit or download the brochure (PDF)

  3. Home Efficiency Upgrades

    Take advantage of OUC's free Home Energy Survey to identify opportunities for savings

    If you are an OUC electric customer, their experts can show you how to save energy and reduce your monthly utility bill with a free Home Energy Survey. A trained energy specialist will give your home a thorough examination, inspecting all areas for energy and water loss, and identify opportunities to save through rebates, incentives, and on-bill financing.

    To schedule your FREE residential energy survey, call 407.423.9018 to speak with an OUC Customer Service Representative

  4. Tips to Save Money at Home

    Lower your monthly energy bill with a few easy tweaks

    • The quickest way to save energy on home cooling is to regularly clean and replace your cooling unit's filters.
    • Install and set a programmable thermostat - it could help you save up to 10 percent (or up to $150) a year on heating and cooling costs when used properly. Use one that can automatically turn off your cooling system when you are not home, and turn your system on in time for you to arrive home to a cooled house.
    • Use a fan Ceiling fans will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4 degrees without impacting your comfort. Just make sure to turn it off when you leave the room (fans cool people, not rooms).
    • Insulate your attic and walls, and seal cracks and openings to prevent warm air from leaking into your home. Call OUC for a free Home Energy Survey: 407-423-9018.
    • Insulate and seal ducts -- air loss through ducts accounts for about 30 percent of a cooling system’s energy consumption. Call OUC for a free Home Energy Survey: 407-423-9018.
    • Lighting makes up about 10 percent of home energy costs. Save up to 75 percent of that energy by replacing incandescent bulbs with light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs. They also last longer, saving money on replacements. Install energy-efficient window coverings that let natural light in and prevent solar heat gain.If costs weren’t enough reason to make the switch to LEDs, only about 10 to 15 percent of the electricity that incandescent lights consume results in light -- the rest is turned into heat.
    • Running your air conditioning at 78°F instead of 72°F can save between 6 and 18 percent on your cooling bill. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling bill will be, so set your thermostat as high as possible during the summer months.
    • Well-planned landscaping isn’t just for aesthetics -- properly placed trees around the house can save between $100 and $250 annually. Visit to use an interactive mapping tool that will show you how much a tree can help you save.
    • On average, households lose about 20 percent of their heated and cooled air through the duct system to the outside. To avoid wasting energy, have your ducts inspected to ensure they’re sealed properly and insulated if necessary.
    • Heating water can account for 14 to 25 percent of the energy consumed in your home. Turn down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120°F) and save energy (and avoid a surprise faucet-scalding).
    • By using the microwave, toaster or a counter-top grill rather than an oven, you’ll use less energy and avoid excess heat that increases room temperature.
    • Leaving a computer on all day can cost about 21 cents per day, or about $75 per year. Unplug electronics and appliances when not in use – a task made easier by using multiple-outlet strips, which can turn everything off with the flip of a switch. 
    • Buy an ENERGY STAR-qualified AC unit -- on average, they're up to 15 percent more efficient than standard models. 
    • Use the bathroom fan when taking a shower or bath and a range hood when cooking -- this helps remove heat and humidity from your home. 
    • Placing lamps or TV sets near your room air-conditioning thermostat can cause the air conditioner to run longer than necessary because the thermostat senses heat from the appliances. Set them apart and save energy.

*Denotes a key action that the City of Orlando is taking to become a hub for green companies and support green jobs that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources.