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Information on how to lower your energy bills and ways the City of Albuquerque is making our facilities more efficient and sustainable

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There are many other programs available to reduce your energy usage.

NMMFA Energy$mart

The New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority offers the Energy$mart Program for homeowners and renters. Homes receive an average of $5,500 in energy efficiency upgrades through the program, which may include insulation, caulking, new windows, and new heating systems. You can expect savings on your utility costs of $350 to $500 each year.

NMGC Savings and Rebates

The New Mexico Gas Company offers many programs for all residential customers to reduce natural gas consumption including home audits, weatherization, efficient shower heads, rebates for smart thermostats, and more.

PNM Rebates

PNM offers tips, audits, and programs to reduce your electricity consumption and save money. Use the Home Energy Analyzer to get advice on how to save or look for rebates on home items like LED lighting or air conditioners.

Sustainable Building Tax Credit

For new residential and building construction, the State of New Mexico offers the Sustainable Building Tax Credit. This program is an income tax credit to encourage private sector design and construction of energy efficient, sustainable buildings for commercial and residential use.

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Everyday, when we turn our lights on, heat up our stoves, or use air conditioning, these actions use energy that produces greenhouse gas emissions. Making sure that our lights and buildings use energy as efficiently as possible goes a long way in saving dollars and reducing our environmental impact. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency projects that commercial and residential building energy use, along with power generation makes up as much as 40 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions in the United States.

Deep Energy Efficiency Retrofits of Public Buildings

Even with 3 percent of the City’s Capital Improvement funding going to energy efficiency upgrades each year, the City of Albuquerque has an annual energy bill of approximately $14 million. That is why the City is continuing to build on its ongoing facility upgrade work with a goal of reducing energy consumption by 65 percent. Below are the current energy efficiency projects, we estimate these projects will result in an annual cost savings of $383,074.00 and is equivalent to eliminating 579 metric tons of carbon dioxide or 632,730 pounds of coal burned (annually).

Project Completion Date Energy Use Reduction
Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center Completed June 2019 55%
North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center Completed September 2019 77%
Lomas and Tramway Library Completed August 2019 84%
Kimo Theater Estimated November 2019 90%
Pino Yard Buildings Estimated December 2019 64%

LEED 2020 Silver

LEED for Cities

In May 2019, the City of Albuquerque was awarded a grant from the U.S. Green Building Council valued at $25,000 to support community-wide Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. The LEED certification program is the leading international achievement for sustainable facility design and demonstrates Albuquerque’s commitment to environmentally responsible building practices.

The LEED certification process helps local governments develop a framework and develop plans for a wide variety of citywide factors, including green infrastructure, public health, energy, water, waste, social equity, transportation and others. Efforts towards certification are currently underway, and once completed, Albuquerque will join over 90 LEED certified cities throughout the world. Read more about LEED for Cities Certification.

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