Media: Building upgrades give downtown St. Paul smaller energy footprint (MPR)

Oct 11, 2016

From MPR:

... Soon, First National Bank and two other large downtown buildings will be using so much less energy that it'd be like giving a small town a permanent power outage ... For most building owners, doing something good for the planet isn't enough — it has to also be good for their bottom line. Sometimes that means changing out big equipment, like Madison Equities did, but other times it's trying to squeeze savings out of existing equipment ...

... Mark Hancock, who specializes in building recommissions for the Center for Energy and Environment in Minneapolis, looks for changes that result in a one-year payback in energy savings on the investment. Sometimes, he said, it just means turning stuff off when no one is around or being smarter about how you heat and cool a building. "It could be some simple low-cost no-cost items that you go in, such as modifying the schedules to make sure they are appropriate for how the building is being used," Hancock said. "We often find simultaneous heating and cooling going on — a big energy waste." ...


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