New program aims to save energy and money

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A new program was kicked off today to try and save energy and money in Pennsylvania’s capitol.

Matt Heckel investigated and explained how it works.

The Department of General Services kicked off an $18 million Energy
Efficiency Program at the capitol complex today.

As part of the “Guaranteed Energy Savings Act (GESA),” the program is estimated to generate $1.2 million in savings every year.

The project will do things like replace more than 20,000 outdated light fixtures with LED lighting, install window film on areas of the capitol most affected by heat in the summer months, and replace aging chillers with high-efficiency, streamlined chillers.

One of those old chillers was removed today. Officials say this is all going to be a benefit to tax payers.

“Pennsylvania’s GESA program is an innovative financing method, that allows the commonwealth to make energy efficient renovations that pay for themselves over time through cost savings, that are achieved through reduced utility consumption,” said Curt Topper, Secretary, PA Department of General Services.

The project is expected to be completed this summer.

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