Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians
7500 Odawa Circle
Energy conservation (or energy efficiency) is known as the “low hanging fruit” to the energy world. These are improvements, technologies, retrofits, and actions that we can use or do in order to reduce the amount of energy we consume. Depending on building type (office, house, school, etc.), over a 30-year period, 50-75% of the costs associate with that building are from operation and maintenance. This means that any improvements to the building structure or management techniques can have a direct cost benefit. With this in mind, in 2008, a pilot energy audit of the Government Administration Building was completed by the NRD-ESP. Light ballast, bulb and switch retrofits were recommended, as well as encouraging energy conservation by employees.
Recently, staff have worked with Odawa Casino Resort staff to learn their improvements to OCR facilities, which include several electric and gas HVAC upgrades; light bulb, fixture, switch and timing retrofits; and implementing energy conservation behaviors to the administrative operations. In 2011, these efforts reduced electrical use by 8.7% and natural gas usage by 25.7%.
Through our audit and learning from others, NRD-ESP staff would like to work with the EAT to develop an energy conservation and renewable energy retrofit evaluation for all government buildings. The evaluation would consist of audits at each facility, prioritization of retrofit projects, costs and available rebates for retrofits, and renewable energy improvements (solar panels, geothermal, etc.) at each facility. With this evaluation complete, we can then move forward with improving our energy efficiency and reducing costs. We will continue to work with our partners and seek grant opportunities to do so.
7500 Odawa Circle
Harbor Springs, MI 49740
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