Municipality receives award for conservation

The municipality has received a conservation award in recognition of some of its energy efficiency work.

The municipality has received a conservation award in recognition of some of its energy efficiency work.

The municipality recently received a PowerSense Conservation Excellence Award at the 2012 FortisBC PowerSense Forum.

The award was given in recognition of the work done on the new RCMP building.

The building uses natural light and high-efficiency fixtures where artificial light is needed.

In addition, waste heat from the ice plant at the Summerland Arena is used to heat the building and hot water.

The arena produces enough heat to heat the entire RCMP building and the dressing rooms at the arena. Before the heat recovery equipment was installed, this waste heat was simply released into the air.

In the summer, the process can be reversed to allow for the cooling of the building.

“We are very proud to receive this award from FortisBC for the energy conservation measures we took at our new RCMP building,” Mayor Janice Perrino said. “These measures will reduce our operating costs and taxpayer burden over the life of this building.”

The municipality has also made improvements to the waste water treatment plant.

These improvements will reduce power consumption and extend the useful life of the equipment.