A Ridgefield Energy Task Force to \u201cpromote resource conservation, energy efficiency and explore means to reduce the carbon footprint of the community\u201d is under consideration by the selectmen. The concept was put forward by the Ridgefield Action Committee for the Environment (RACE). \u201cThere would be an emphasis on strategies that save both energy and money,\u201d a mission statement presented to the selectmen said. The idea was discussed briefly by the selectmen Feb. 8, then put on the agenda for Feb. 21. It was initially envisioned as an Energy Commission, but advocates of the idea eventually concluded it would be preferable to have a task force, which would allow more flexibility. The task force would advise the Board of Selectmen and other town staff. \u201cWe want the town to own the task force,\u201d RACE member Ben Oko told the selectmen. The selectmen recalled a previous energy committee, active several years ago \u2014 championed by John Palermo, a school board member at the time. They also recalled the town\u2019s $1.5-million bond issue that financed a variety of energy-conservation measures. Various energy projects reduced electricity with low-energy light bulbs, put dual-use oil-or-gas burners in various building\u2019s furnaces, and improved insulation in older sites like town hall and the Venus building. But the selectmen were open to having a task force find more ways to save energy \u2014 and money. \u201cGo ahead. Put it together and come back for approval,\u201d First Selectman Rudy Marconi said. \u201cI\u2019m looking for you to consider it, and own it,\u201d Oko said.