McGuinty Government Saving Taxpayer Dollars
Reducing Power and Fuel Use Saving Taxpayers $7 Million
Ontario has put in place measures to reduce power and fuel use that are saving $7 million per year, including millions of kilowatt hours of electricity and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fuel.
The number of computer servers the government uses has been reduced by 30 per cent. This has saved approximately $3.5 million annually in computer hardware costs and another $1.5 million in power and storage savings.
All government desktop computers have been adjusted to automatically go into standby mode after a few minutes of non-use. This has reduced electricity use by 19 million kilowatt hours per year, saving about $1 million.
In addition, Ontario now has a fleet of 1,070 hybrid vehicles, which is saving about $1.1 million and more than 1 million litres of fuel per year.
The government is reviewing all key areas of consumption including energy, fuel, printing and the use of electronic devices to continue reducing power and saving money in the coming years. As part of the Open Ontario Plan, the government is committed to eliminating waste and finding savings.
- These government measures will mean about 45 million fewer kilowatt hours of electricity will be used - enough energy to power about 4,700 houses for one year and a reduction of almost 10,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions.
- Ontario is saving almost $16 million by reducing paper and office equipment used by the government, including eliminating more than 15,000 printers and computer servers, cutting paper usage by 50%, and reducing the number of office fax machines.
- Ontario is moving forward with its plan to reduce its number of government agencies by five per cent. In total, fourteen agencies are being closed or merged.
- Better use of technology and tighter rules on travel helped reduce Ontario government employee expenses by $30 million last year, or 24 per cent. It is expected a further $10 million will be saved this year in reduced travel expenses.
“I am proud that the Ontario Public Service is saving money for taxpayers while at the same time reducing consumption of energy and fuel”
“We are working hard to reduce our fuel and energy consumption as part of our plan to reduce costs. We are committed to making responsible choices that save money.”