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Pensacola looks to save $330K a year

The city of Pensacola says they have the potential to save more than $300,000 a year with a $2.8 million program.

The city owns more than 40 buildings representing more than 800,000 square feet. 

President of Engineered Cooling Systems, Pete Doyle, says in the last four years energy conservation has become more popular.  Doyle says "It looks at existing temperatures and set points and maximizes the efficiency equipment to the needs of those set points and then when the need is not there, it shuts the systems down or puts them at a minimum so we are only utilizing what we need."

Using a wireless system, businesses like the Pensacola Museum of Art are able to control the energy they use in their building.

Jodi Gup, the Executive Director of the Museum, says they installed the heating, ventilating and cooling system about six-months ago.  Gup says "We are able to control the humidity in our galleries and has you can see on this very hot day our visitors are coming in out of the hot weather and into the cold to enjoy our exhibition."

In each gallery, Gup says she can control the lights.  "We are able to dim lights when appropriate, we are able to brighten the lights. Everything has a dimmer and the same with the air conditioning unit. If it is a room that we are not using, we are able to control the temperature in that specific room, to lower our costs."

Doyle says "It's getting more popular because the price has come down and there is a larger focus on energy conservation there are more tools available to the trade on producing energy conservation."

The city says they hope to be under contract in August. If the council approves the financing package, they want to begin work immediately.

Now if you're looking for savings at home, Gulf Power has a program called "Energy Select" where you can program your thermostat.   

Click here to find out more information on Gulf Power's program.