The Bend Bulletin cut heating and cooling costs by an estimated nine percent with simple operations and maintenance improvements that didn’t cost the newspaper a dime.
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After moving into their brand new 87,000 square foot building, the Bulletin’s staff quickly realized there were problems with the HVAC system. The Bulletin turned to Energy Trust to examine and fine-tune the rooftop heating and cooling units, using a process known as retro-commissioning.
The retro-commissioning study led to some surprising results. “The rooftop units were fighting themselves, and the boiler was providing heat when we didn’t need it,” said Ben Anderson, building services manager, The Bulletin. “Both situations were wasting a lot of energy.”
Upon completion of the retro-commissioning study Energy Trust recommended changes which totaled about $6,600. As part of its cash incentives for operations and maintenance improvements, Energy Trust covered the cost entirely, making this service free to the Bulletin