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City Energy Efficiency Project is Halfway Done

An energy efficiency project for City of Wichita Falls buildings is now halfway complete.  The project is expected to pay for itself and then save even more money on top of that.
    City buildings are getting a little more "green" which is going to save you some green.
    Wichita Falls' energy efficiency conversion of city buildings is expected to save taxpayers $400- to $500-thousand per year after initial savings pay for the project.
    Jim Dockery, assistant city manager and chief financial officer, says, "We had some facilities that had some aging types of lighting and HVAC units and controls for those units and making upgrades to those areas of our facilities."
    The biggest savings is in lighting.
    "Most all of our facilities will be retrofitted with the latest types of fluorescent tubing and lighting," Dockery says.
    David Alsup, project manager with Lighting Retrofit International, says, "Making the city save a lot of money by about about 40 to 45 percent on the lighting portion of the bill."
    More than 13-thousand light bulbs are being switched out in city buildings, like the MPEC.
    "They're about 40 to 50 percent less wattage per light fixture in everything we do, " Alsup says.
    That will save 40 to 45 percent on lighting portions of electric bills.
    "It's about 25 to 30 percent brighter in here," Alsup says.
    "It's a great way to upgrade our facilities without having to find the additional dollars because this company that we're using guarantees through the contract that the city will see that savings on the annual cost of the construction or improvements," Dockery says.
    The $5 million project is expected to pay for itself through savings during the first 11 years in operation, then the city will starting reaping the benefits.
    Officials say the energy efficient conversion should be complete in the next eight months.
    Other projects include replacing rooftop HVAC units and putting energy management controls on those units.
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