City of Centralia is guaranteed to save.

The City of Centralia is guaranteed to save over $24,500 annually in energy and operational costs after energy-saving improvements are made to City buildings over the next sixty to ninety(60-90) days. The City of Centralia has entered into an Energy Performance Contract with Energy Solutions Professionals (ESP) of Overland Park, Kansas that will result in $254,000 in infrastructure upgrades. The goals of the project include improving building comfort, saving energy, and revitalizing existing mechanical systems.

The improvements include new LED lighting at City Hall, the Police and Fire Stations and the Recreation Center. Street lights will also be replaced with LED lamps. Windows and building joints will be sealed and new weather stripping will be installed around doors to greatly reduce

Air infiltration. Those buildings will also receive Wi-Fi enabled programmable thermostats to better manage the use of heating and air conditioning. DE stratification fans will be added in the Recreation Center to better mix air in order to save energy and improve comfort.

Additionally, the existing furnace and air conditioning units at City Hall will undergo retro-commissioning in order to optimize performance and useful life of the equipment.

The City first engaged ESP to conduct a detailed energy audit of city buildings in order to identify all of the possible energy saving options along with the cost and utility savings for each. The City then worked with ESP to narrow down that list to the most critical items that would yield the quickest return on investment. As a company who is independent of all products and vendors, ESP competitively bid the installation work for the selected upgrades in order to ensure that the City received the best overall value.  This is a ‘paid from savings’ project, meaning that

The cost of the project will be paid from savings of reduced utility costs.  No costs will be burdened by the taxpayers.

By using a guaranteed energy savings contract approach, if the improvements fail to generate the energy savings promised, ESP is on the hook to write a check to the City to make up the difference. Work is expected to begin the week of June 11th and be completely wrapped up by September.