Saturday, October 22, 2011

Press Release: Energy efficiency is a growing trend in Federal Way

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MEDIA CONTACT: Chris Carrel, Communications and Grant Coordinator, 253.835.2411

Energy efficiency is a growing trend in Federal Way

City Hall costs less to heat – and uses less energy – thanks a 2010 federal grant funding energy efficiency improvements throughout the city. City operations and private businesses are already seeing results from a $777,000 federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant supporting energy efficiency retrofits.

One of the biggest projects from the grant was replacing City Hall’s aging HVAC system, which was completed May 23 of this year. In the first three months of operation, the new HVAC system saved 41,000 kilowatt-hours over the same 3-month period in 2010, and cost $3,975 less in heating costs.

The City has also identified a host of low-cost and no-cost energy conservation measures for City Hall that once implemented will save the City approximately 3-5% in energy consumption.

“We’ve focused this grant on projects that have a high bang for the buck,” said Bryant Enge, Administrative Services Director. “The projects have high conservation value, but also produce definitive cost reductions. In the current economic environment that is incredibly important.”

Public Works staff have used the grant to improve the efficiency in signal timing for S. 312th Street between 8th Ave. S. and 23rd Ave. S. The initial assessment shows a 22 percent reduction in overall travel time and delay due to the signal’s conversion. Public Works has converted 53 of the City’s 80 signals. A full analysis of the efficiencies gained over all the converted signals will be completed early next year.

The City dedicated $160,000 towards small business energy conservation retrofits and is working on completing 26 retrofit projects this year. Puget Sound Energy is partnering with the City to conduct post-project energy audits and to maximize rebates for the businesses.

Audits done to date show that small businesses have saved 147,564 kilowatt-hours and 6,528 therms from direct installation of 143 Compact Florescent Lamps (CFLs) and 95 faucet aerators.


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