(HARLAN) The Harlan Municipals Utilities commissioned energy efficiency specialists from the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities to perform an energy use audit of City of Harlan buildings and the findings have been received.
Doug Hammer, Director of Marketing and Stakeholder Relations with HMU, said street lights and traffic signals are the largest energy consumers followed by the swimming pool, the waste water treatment plant and Veteran’s Memorial Building.
“We knew street lights and traffic signals were large users of electricity, so we began the traffic light and street light change-out program last year. All of the traffic signals have been converted to cost effective LED lights and we enacted a multi-year program to retrofit all of the street lights with LED technology also,” explained Hammer. “When we are done it’s estimated that we’ll probably save about 50 percent of the electricity costs that we would have had in the past with the old style of technology. And, ultimately this saves the rate payers money.”
Harlan Municipal Utilities will be working in conjunction with City of Harlan officials and employees to implement specific measures recommended by the report.
Additional buildings and facilities included in the audit were: City Hall/Police Station, C.G. Therkildsen Activity Center, Waste Water Treatment Plant, Developesource building, the Library, the Fire Station, Dog Pound, Parks and Rec. building, and the Street Maintenance building.