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March 26, 2013
Contact: Mike Sakal, Public Information Officer
Fire station receives honor for energy efficiency measures
It’s a philosophy and cost-cutting measure Goodyear Manager of Municipal Services Mark Flynn follows that has led to a crackdown on kilowatt usage other cities could use as an example:
“Turn out the lights when you’re not in the room. It saves the city money.”
By practicing what Flynn preaches, the crew at Goodyear Fire Station No. 181 was honored by the Green Buildings Committee of the Building Operators Manager’s Association Phoenix office for the local chapter’s Kilowatt Krackdown Program. The program, which is in its fifth year, focuses on city facilities and buildings better managing lighting and energy use. Attention is paid to heating and cooling operations in the building to cut down costs of electricity and natural gas usage while maintaining a comfort level.
Because of its energy efficiency measures, Fire Station No. 181 at 14000 West Yuma Road, ranked the best out of 74 fire and police facilities among four cities throughout the Valley by using the very low number of 33.2 KBTUs (British Thermal Units) per square foot. The crew’s attention paid to the thermostat and the conservative use of artificial lighting in the building which has helped the 19,000-square-foot facility to save thousands of dollars over the last year.
Goodyear Fire Battalion Chief Jeff Shiple and Flynn accepted a plaque for Station No. 181’s accomplishment during the BOMA’s Awards Luncheon at the Renaissance Hotel at 50 Adams Street in downtown Phoenix on Wednesday, March 20.
“We are trying to be good stewards of taxpayer money, and we’re heading in the right direction,” Flynn said. “The guys at the station are being attentive to the little things, and it’s all of the little things that add up. “Our hope is to continue the trend toward improving efficiency of utility use in city facilities. By learning how we are consuming utilities, we can focus on the opportunities to increase efficiency in the most cost effective manner.”
Other cities that participate in the Kilowatt Krackdown program are: Phoenix, Scottsdale and the Town of Gilbert.
“We congratulate Goodyear Fire Station 181 and express our appreciation for them participating in the program, said Dave Munn, co-chairman of the BOMA’s Green Buildings Committee. We would love to see more cities participate because it helps them become aware of how to cut energy costs and save taxpayer money.”
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