NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nashville Electric Service (NES) is making strides to reduce its paper use by continuing to find ways to operate more efficiently. The NES Power Board voted this month to switch from using paper at their board meetings to a paperless format with the help of iPad tablets. Board members normally receive thick packets of memos, contracts, and reports averaging more than 100 pages each month. The purchase of iPads will not only save on paper and printing costs, but the tablets will also greatly reduce the amount of time staffers spend creating hardcopy packets and the cost to deliver the documents to board members. NES estimates a cost savings of approximately $36,000 over a five-year period, compared to the price of purchasing iPads estimated at $8,300. NES strives to be a good steward in our community, and moving away from paper makes environmental and economic sense, said Tim Kinkead, NES Green Team Leader. Along with the move to paperless board meetings, NES has implemented several other paper-saving measures throughout the company. More than 260 internally generated reports used by various departments that were previously printed are now sent electronically, saving several hundred reams of paper monthly. All employment applications must be submitted online, which amounts to a huge paper savings as NES receives approximately 2,500 applications each year. In addition, more than 250 bids for products and services issued each month are now received electronically, saving large amounts of paper and reducing the labor to manually send and receive those bids. Nashville Electric Service is one of the 12 largest public electric utilities in the nation, distributing energy to more than 360,000 customers in Middle Tennessee. For more information about NES, visit nespower.com.