Energy use is declining in Eugene, but it's not all due to residents going green.
In part because of folks such as Doe, Eugene residents and businesses appear to be buying less electricity, gasoline and diesel, natural gas and water, a new city report has found.
Not all the reduction is a result of people cutting back as a conscious choice to tread more lightly on the planet.
Some, perhaps most, of the decline is a result of major industrial closures forced by the long economic downturn, the report said. Some may be caused by recent weather patterns, including a few warmer winters and cooler, wetter summers, which prompt people to use less electricty and water, officials said.
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