After a few years of hard work on various projects, the City became aware of the concept of energy services contracting, wherein the cost of energy efficiency upgrades are paid for with the savings garnered from implementing the energy improvement projects. These projects do not require out of pocket expenses from the City and there are no budgetary impacts. The mechanism of energy service contracting provided the City with an opportunity to leverage the significant work it had already accomplished, and provided the City with an opportunity to complete a number of capital projects that would have otherwise waited years for full funding. Energy services contracting may not be the right solution for every city in every case, but in this economy where municipalities are looking for any and all opportunities to save money by cutting costs, an energy services contract is worth exploring.