TALLINN - According to an energy consumption analysis from the first quarter of this year, the City of Tallinn saved nearly 2.58 million kilowatt-hours of energy from the energy costs of city buildings in the first three months of this year, or over 290,000 euros considering the average energy price for the period.
Deputy Mayor of Tallinn Tiit Terik said in a press release that the goal set at the end of last year is still in effect, according to which 10 percent energy savings is to be achieved without disturbing the continuous operation of municipal buildings or reducing indoor climate quality.
"We have continuously implemented various energy-saving measures in city buildings to reduce energy costs. The main ones are the reconfiguration of utility systems and changes in employee habits," Terik said. He added that the savings of 8 percent of energy and one million euros, achieved during the previous measurement period, proved that it is possible to achieve remarkable savings without any deterioration in working conditions by reasonably regulating systems and acting economically.
In October 2022, the Tallinn Property Department developed guidelines for city institutions for saving energy. In May this year, the department completed an analysis of the implementation of energy saving measures in the first quarter. According to the analysis, energy savings were achieved in the consumption of electricity, natural gas and heating. The overall energy consumption of city institutions decreased by an average of 3 percent in the first quarter of 2023 compared to the same period in 2022.
A comparison of the total consumption of electricity, natural gas and district heating between the first quarter of 2022 and of 2023 shows that a total of 2,576,462 kilowatt-hours of energy was saved, which is about 3 percent of the total consumed in the first quarter of 2022. Based on the average energy prices for this period, the financial savings on all energy costs amounted to 290,497 euros.
The amount of electricity consumed in the first quarter of this year is the lowest in the comparison of first quarters from 2019 to 2023. Gas consumption decreased by an average of 6.3 percent and district heating consumption by about 3.3 percent in a comparison of the same periods. In total, over 8.7 million kilowatt-hours of energy has been saved in the fourth quarter of 2022 and first quarter of 2023, compared to the same periods in previous years, resulting in financial savings on energy costs of approximately 1.3 million euros.