HUD Honored for Energy Conservation Efforts
The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) presented its Leadership in Federal Energy Management Award to Richard Santangelo, program manager for HUD's Public Housing Environment and Conservation Clearinghouse. The program encourages housing authorities to make energy efficiency improvements and reduce energy consumption, using cost savings from reduced consumption to repay the cost of installing energy-efficient utilities and appliances.
Housing authorities are estimated to save two dollars in utility costs for every dollar invested under HUD's energy audit and conservation initiatives. Savings typically are achieved by making certain upgrades, including compact fluorescent lighting, kitchen and bathroom appliances, heating and cooling systems, insulation, and weatherproofing.
Santangelo was honored at the AEE's annual World Energy Engineering Congress in November. HUD was awarded the Alliance to Save Energy—2009 Galaxy Star Award of Energy Efficiency.