Blue Quill has been conserving energy, by using a web-connected programmable thermostat that has their HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) system on a schedule. It also provides them with alerts if the A/C units or furnaces are not operating as they should be. The Community League is looking into the benefit of a heat pump system to increase the efficiency of the building heating and cooling system.
Garth Williams is the Facilities Director at Blue Quill and he feels good about their Facility Sustainability Plan as they are now paying less each month for power, taking advantage of new technology (inverters, shown above), and are being more fiscally and environmentally responsible. “The technology is amazing… to see how much direct current (DC) these solar panels generate and then how it gets converted into alternating current (AC). We live in an amazing age.”
Is your league interested in undertaking sustainability initiatives? Garth stressed that “knowledge is power.” Completing the energy assessment was a catalyst for the changes that Blue Quill has done. They also found a great contractor in Kuby Renewable Energy which not only looked after the solar PV installation but also helped identify grants and filled out compliance paperwork. Garth is glad Blue Quill acted on this project sooner rather than later as he predicts that, “as time goes by, solar will become more commonplace and grants will diminish.” He stresses that, “if there is desire and if there are funds, then now is the time.”
If you are feeling inspired by Blue Quill Community League, the EFCL can help you get started. The Green Leagues Program offers workshops, resources, and tools to help guide your sustainability initiative.
Interested in learning more? Email Green Leagues.