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Licensing Doctors of Optometry and Regulating the Practice of Optometry


State Agency Energy Savings Program
Executive Order RP-49


I. Energy Conservation Plan

A. Resource Efficiency Plan
The Texas Optometry Board is conserving energy through the following practices which were included in the Resource Efficiency Plan certified and submitted on January 28, 2003, as required by 34 T.A.C. §19.14:

These practices are accomplished through regular reminders and directives to agency staff, each of whom has responsibility to ensure that these practices are followed. Suggestions regarding energy conservation are welcomed. These items are discussed in greater detail below.

The Texas Optometry Board is housed in the state-owned William P. Hobby Building, which is maintained and operated by the Texas Building and Procurement Commission. As a tenant, the agency does not have the authority to control the energy use of the portion of the building it occupies except as listed above. This includes control of the temperature, which is performed by thermostats to which the agency does not have access. Therefore, an item originally included in the Resource Efficiency Plan, “Adjust temperature controls to no lower than 70 nor higher than 75 degrees,” has been removed.

As a tenant, the agency does not have data on the energy use of the agency, and does not believe that such data can easily be collected. However, using information from the EPA and Energy Star, continued performance of the above listed items should result in energy savings of five percent over an office not conserving energy in this fashion.

All lighting and computer equipment is turned off at the end of each employee’s day (except for the servers that are consistently in use). The photocopier, computer printers, and all new equipment purchased, including computers and monitors, are Energy Star listed when available. Lighting in rooms not currently used, computer monitors not being used (even when connected to a server being used), and appliances not in use remain off until their use is necessary.

B. Fleet Fuel Management
The agency does not own, lease or operate vehicles.

C. Quarterly Results
(April 1, 2006)
Since the agency does not have access to energy usage records described above, an exact figure of energy savings cannot be calculated. However, the estimate of five percent savings above should be accurate since the agency is complying with the energy savings steps set out on this page.

(July 1, 2006)
Since the agency does not have access to energy usage records described above, an exact figure of energy savings cannot be calculated. However, the estimate of five percent savings above should be accurate since the agency is complying with the energy savings steps set out on this page.

(October 1, 2006)
The agency has replaced all primary computer monitors with LCD monitors. This should result in energy savings of 30 to 60 percent in this area. The state building hosting the agency has announced that energy use in the building decreased ten percent this year.

(February 1, 2007)
The Texas Building and Procurement Commission has posted figures showing that electricity use in the William P. Hobby Building (the location of the agency) decreased in this quarter from the same time period a year ago. The agency continues to follow submitted guidelines.

(October 1, 2008)
Since the Texas Optometry Board does not have access to energy usage records by office at the state owned William P. Hobby Building, an exact figure of energy savings cannot be calculated. However, the estimate of five percent savings made in the initial plan should be accurate since the agency is complying with the energy savings steps set out in the plan.

(January 1, 2009)
Since the Texas Optometry Board does not have access to energy usage records by office at the state owned William P. Hobby Building, an exact figure of energy savings cannot be calculated. However, the estimate of five percent savings made in the initial plan should be accurate since the agency is complying with the energy savings steps set out in the plan.

(April 1, 2009)
Since the Texas Optometry Board does not have access to energy usage records by office at the state owned William P. Hobby Building, an exact figure of energy savings cannot be calculated. However, the estimate of five percent savings made in the initial plan should be accurate since the agency is complying with the energy savings steps set out in the plan.

(July 1, 2009)
Since the Texas Optometry Board does not have access to energy usage records by office at the state owned William P. Hobby Building, an exact figure of energy savings cannot be calculated. However, the estimate of five percent savings made in the initial plan should be accurate since the agency is complying with the energy savings steps set out in the plan.


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