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Plant operators save energy by daily tweaking

postindependent.com -- New Castle wastewater treatment plant cutting electric bills by 5 to 15 percent per month

NEW CASTLE, Colorado — Officials with the town of New Castle are happy now that their active energy management is helping save thousands of dollars a year in electricity costs at the town's wastewater treatment facility.

“During the last 12 months, we were saving between 5 and 10 percent, probably closer to 5, but that's significant” said Public Works Director John Wenzel. “Our electricity bills are over $80,000 annually, so we're saving between $4,000 and $8,000 a year. In March and April we did even better, saving about 15 percent on electricity costs compared to last year.”

The energy saving at the facility began after officials installed energy-tracking software developed by CLEER, Clean


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teafortwo
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 11:20:49 PM


Thanks folks for your comments.

The first step in reducing energy waste and increasing our efficient use of energy here in the US is to become aware of the issue. A lot of small steps by lots of folks across the country can add up to an overall tremendous energy savings. This will reduce the strain on our aging electrical grid.
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 10:25:23 PM


Well explained NH! Thanks for posting Teafortwo, darn good article!
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 10:51:44 PM

more detail fm news article:

"CLEER, Clean Energy Economy for the Region. The Energy Navigator (www.garfieldenergynavigator.org) is a software system that tracks energy use in real time and displays it on a large kiosk, where facility managers can see how much their buildings are using.

The Energy Navigator and access to the CLEER team for active energy management are part of the services that the town of New Castle receives for being a partner in Garfield Clean Energy.

“It monitors our power consumption every 15 minutes,” Wenzel said of the Navigator. “It allows us to track and trend our power consumption.”"

Saving money and conserving energy by better operations management.
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NHLiveFree
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 10:47:07 PM


A great money saving effort by government employees! We should all do as well in conserving energy with simple measures.
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 10:15:29 PM

Every bit helps reduce the US dependency of foreign oil.
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 2:42:50 PM

We tried to utilize some solar energy, and ran pumps during off peak hours as much as possible; when I worked for a District.
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 12:51:49 PM

OMG. What an outstanding concept -- managing expenses with software. It is gov'mt doing it so maybe they can lower taxes.

This has no connection to the site.
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 11:57:07 AM

As if they didn't do that before
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 10:08:12 AM

Electrical demand can be a bigger part of a customer's bill, dependent on the rate structure.
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 9:24:51 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 6:43:25 AM

Thrift and efficiency go together hand in hand.
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 5:19:13 AM

Saving money is good
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Every little bit saved helps.
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Saving tax money is a good thing.
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 2:22:00 AM

There doing meth....
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 2:20:40 AM

WE'VE ALL BEEN DOING THIS FOR YEARS, GET A GRIP THIS A DEPRESSION NOT A RECESSION! IF WE RE-VOTE THE PRESENT B.O. ADMINISTRATION IN WE'RE ALL DOOMED!
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 2:20:02 AM

interesting
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 2:19:36 AM

sounds like a good deal....
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 2:18:36 AM

Good, at least someone in gov. is trying to save money
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 2:17:48 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 2:15:44 AM

You don't fool me. You tweak every day, you'll get bugs beneath your skin and your teeth will fall out!
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 2:15:37 AM

I would like LED light bulbs to be less expensive and then I could save a lot more than 5%. I have one and it works great but it cost $20 and that's way too much.
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 2:14:49 AM

Interesting.
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 2:14:07 AM

sounds good
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 2:13:08 AM

Where are our savings?
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 2:10:17 AM

But do they pass the savings on to the customers?...
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 2:10:01 AM

Smart!!!
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 2:08:13 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 2:06:29 AM

...thaaat's nice, will they spot me my next tank ?...
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 2:03:54 AM

What was the cost to install the energy-tracking software?
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 1:59:37 AM

less waste ? more profit
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 1:59:00 AM

Good for them
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 1:50:51 AM

Great!!!
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 1:50:05 AM

Great!
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 1:46:46 AM

Cool.
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 1:34:38 AM

Very good article
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 1:30:03 AM

That sounds good to me as long as it helps.
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 1:29:54 AM

But the prices continue to climb higher and higher
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 1:26:52 AM

Every plant should be doing the same thing- if we all take the little steps we could change the direction of our energy usage in the United States.
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 1:23:48 AM

Every little bit helps.
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 1:22:35 AM

That's money well spent if what's spent can work to pay for itself over and over again.
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 1:21:57 AM

Have to weigh the cost of the new equipment vs the money saved without including Gov. Subsidies etc.
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 1:21:15 AM

GOOD FOR THEM!!!!
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 1:21:10 AM

Every bit helps. Will the savings be past on to the cosumer?
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 1:15:43 AM

Knowing where the energy hogging equipment is and tweaking is good - even better is upgrading to more energy efficient equipment
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Great.
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 1:14:28 AM

It is a good idea although I wonder sometimes that with efficiency, the utility raises its costs because less is being used. Just a thought .. . . we are always being asked to conserve and still see our bills increase.
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 1:14:05 AM

I reside about a quarter mile from our local water treatment plant. This aging facility not only pollutes the air we breath it has not been upgraded for at least 5 years.
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 1:13:51 AM

Can we install that program in cars and trucks?
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 1:11:26 AM

Let's spread these ideas around.
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