The Postal Service observes Energy Awareness Month each October to help educate employees about the organization’s efforts to reduce energy and water usage and to become more sustainable.
USPS operates more than 31,000 Post Offices, branches and other facilities across the nation. These facilities consume energy from all utility sources, including electricity, natural gas, heating oil, propane and steam.
The Postal Service’s utilities spending accounts for more than half of facility operating costs. This is why the organization tracks and manages energy and water consumption — not only to minimize costs, but also to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and conserve natural resources.
The Postal Service has reduced energy usage at its facilities by 32.4 percent since 2003, while water usage has been reduced by 53.2 percent since 2007.
To continue reducing energy consumption and costs, USPS is improving lighting in its facilities, using technology to better manage electrical and other repairs, and adding more renewable energy sources.
Postal Bulletin’s Sept. 10 edition has a closer look at the organization’s efforts, while the Sustainability Blue page has more information about the Postal Service’s work to become more sustainable.
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