SU Rewarded for Energy Conservation

2014-05-06
By Ray Lane, Puget Sound Energy
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Photo Credit: Sy Bean

Puget Sound Energy awarded Seattle University an incentive of $280,587 for the school's sustainability efforts at a check presentation last week. 

The school signed up for a PSE commercial custom grant, and installed state-of-the-art heat-recovery equipment that reclaims heat from the exhaust air and recirculates the heat back into the building. It allows for greater conservation by using less natural gas energy for heating at the Connolly Center, the hub for athletics and recreational activities at Seattle University. 

Every year, the school will save an estimated 77,268 therms of energy, which is the equivalent of carbon dioxide emissions from:  Nearly 46,000 gallons of gasoline; 954 barrels of oil; or 61 single-family homes. 

If a PSE customer is implementing a project that saves energy, but can't find a rebate for it, PSE can evaluate it for a custom grant.  This program can provide businesses with an incentive of up to 70 percent of the installed cost for any energy-efficiency project resulting in savings of electricity or natural gas supplied by PSE to a business or non-residential account.