met the energy challenge;
Editor's note: The following is a message from Governor Gray Davis.
Congratulations and thanks to every Californian who contributed to the state's success in meeting the energy challenge this summer! Your commitment to conservation continues to play a major role in preventing rolling blackouts.
This year, the Franchise Tax Board and other state offices significantly cut electricity use from January through the end of the summer compared to the same period in 2000.
For example, in monitoring 37 of the state's largest office buildings covering nearly 12 million square feet, the Department of General Services, recorded an average 22.4 percent drop in electricity use.
Despite hikes in utility rates, the state was still able to save more than $800,000 in cities such as Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, San Diego, Van Nuys, and Riverside.
While the state has made extraordinary progress in bringing new power generation on line, the threat of shortages remains real. Conservation, both now and for the long term, will continue to be an important part of the strategy to keep the lights on.
The fall and winter months present challenges just as tough as the summer months. There are increased demands for power across the state for lighting, heating and other priorities. So we cannot let our guard down just because the seasons have changed.
Here are some practical cool weather tips from the Flex Your Power website that will help all of us continue to save power, save money and keep electricity flowing to all California communities:
Use your appliances wisely
Inexpensive energy solutions
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