Energy Edge Solutions

Town of Belleair, Florida

 

Government Case Study

Town of Belleair, Florida, incorporated in 1925
Facilities include:
- Town Hall
- Recreation Center
- Waste water treatment plant
- Schools
- Maintenance buildings
- Etc.

Business Situation

HealthQuest runs 14 hours a day, 7 days a week.  The loads include fitness equipment, office equipment, pool pumps and heaters, restaurant equipment, vending machines, washers and dryers, etc.  The lighting system was comprised primarily of T-12 and Metal Halide fixtures.  The HVAC system consists of 27 roof top split systems and two boilers.  The facility’s energy costs were exorbitant and needed to be reduced.

The savings are outstanding, especially considering you had to work with such a diverse array of buildings and equipment.

Micah Maxwell, Town Manager

Process

As a first step Energy Edge Solutions (EES) conducted a comprehensive whole building investment-grade energy audit and engineering study of HealthQuest’s facilities.  The audit included an intense review of the following areas:

Utility Bills:  EETC reviewed the previous 12 months of utility data for the facility.

Designs:  EETC reviewed all available electrical one line and mechanical drawings.

Facility Energy Behavior:  EETC reviewed with the customer the current energy behavior of the staff including temperature set points, setting back temperatures when the facility is closed, turning off lights, office equipment, etc. after hours.

Building Envelope: EES checked weather stripping, insulation, open doors and areas around frequently trafficked areas, etc.

Lighting Systems: EES reviewed the current lighting systems to determine if the most efficient lighting options were being used and if occupancy sensors, timers and dimmers had been placed into operation.  EETC also looked for areas that were over lit and areas that could take advantage of natural sunlight.

Heating, Ventilation and Cooling Systems:  EETC looked at the HVAC/R systems to determine operating efficiency, maintenance schedules, filter replacement frequency, age, and upgrade and treatment options.

Motors and Equipment:  EETC itemized all electrical loads across the facility (including HVAC, production and refrigeration equipment) and their respective run times.  Actual electrical measurements such as amperage, voltage, THD%, power factor, etc were taken at all loads as well as at the main.  Load, duty cycles, operating efficiency, age, replacement and treatment options, etc. were all determined.

Solution

Energy Energy Edge Solutions (EES) recommended a whole facility approach to energy cost reduction including all available energy conservation opportunities to significantly reduce the town’s expenses.  EETC also showed the customer how each different option would impact energy consumption as well as the project cost and return on investment.  Based on EETC’s analysis and town’s selection of available options, The Town of Belleair was guaranteed a minimum kWh reduction of 9.14. EES takes complete responsibility for all turnkey installations including the procurement of all equipment, labor, project management, pre- and post- inspections, waste removal, recycling, certifications, permits, administrative rebate work, etc.

Benefits

EETC measures the success of all projects in accord with the International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol, Option C (www.IPMVP.org) as approved by the U.S. Department of Energy.  EETC compiles a statistical measurement and verification report quarterly for customers which includes utility bill analysis, base and verification period comparison, building simulation/ modeling, inclusion of all factors of influence, statistical correlation, regression analysis, etc.  The turnkey project is currently saving 12.24% in electricity paid back in less than 29 months, providing The Town of Belleair with a 41% return on investment.

Products and Services Recommended and/or Employed

  • Lighting retrofits of all T-12 and HID fixtures
  • Building automation system
  • Lighting controls
  • Anti-short cycling for heating systems
  • Intelligent HVAC/R controls
  • Recommended changes in staff energy behavior
  • Solar street lighting
  • Vend misers for vending machines
  • Variable frequency drives for pumps
  • Thermal qualities simulation for refrigeration
  • Electrical sine wave modification
  • Building envelope solutions

 

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