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Northampton County Energy Services Project – #4

by on Nov.08, 2012, under Construction Services & Building Design, Energy Services, Mechanical Contracting

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The “behemoth” oil boiler.


The “puny” natural gas boiler.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, how many are two worth? When it comes to energy savings, these two pictures tell a tale that will help Northampton County, Pennsylvania, reduce their annual energy bills by about $1.2 million. Speechless? It’s true.

The first photo is us removing one of their old, behemoth oil-fired boilers. The second photo is us sliding a relatively puny—but efficient—natural gas boiler back in its place. You can literally see the energy efficiency differences in these machines by comparing them side-by-side. Did I mention that this measure alone will save the county almost $1.2 million annually?!

The boiler replacement measure was one of several that were under construction this summer. In total, this two-phase project is guaranteed to reduce Northampton County’s annual energy expenditures by $1.7 million. I do a double take every time I review the engineering numbers on this one! It’s pretty satisfying to be associated with a project that will have such an enduring positive impact.

The Northampton project was also the main subject of Anne Deeter Gallaher’s guest post in early October. Thanks again to Anne for her kind words!

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