Earlier this week, the Governor’s Chief of Staff Mark Calvo met with GPA GM John Benavente and spokesman Art Perez to discuss ways the administration can help GPA.
Benavente noted that his office will be speaking with their largest consumers to get off the grid during the peak hours. Calvo dispatched a notice to agencies asking them to work with GPA as much as possible without sacrificing the services they provide to the community.
“I encourage directors to strictly enforce energy saving activities and to immediately implement additional energy conservation measures where possible. Consider all practical options, including re-managing workday schedules, reducing after-hour activities, and eliminated unnecessary power consumption,” the Chief of Staff wrote.
“Please ensure your conservation plans do not interfere with your ability to continue providing quality customer service to the public.”
As GPA works through this issue, here are some things all Guamanians can do at home to help.
Here are some energy saving tips:
- Turn things off when you are not in the room such as lights, TVs, entertainment systems, computers and monitors
- Plug home electronics, such as TVs and DVD players, into power strips; turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in use – TVs and DVDs in standby mode still use several watts of power.
- Monitor the thermostat on your AC; lower temperatures require greater power use.
- Reduce the time you keep your water heater on.
- Take short showers instead of baths and use low-flow showerheads for additional savings.
- Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes.
- Air dry clothes.
- Check to see that the windows and doors are closed when heating or cooling your home.
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