A $321,000 contract with Efficiency Smart has been approved by Wellington village council.
The current deal was set to expire in December but will now run through 2019, providing Wellington with three more years of energy consultation with the Columbus firm.
About 300 residences participating in the program individually average $34.70 in annual savings. They have collectively totaled $10,409 in annual savings and $6,258 has been paid out in rebates for homeowners who’ve installed energy efficient appliances such as washers, refrigerators, and furnace fan motors using Efficiency Smart incentives.
Commercial walk-through evaluations for $2,000 to $5,000 and homeowner audits for $200 could also become available as part of the new deal. Residential audits would be billed to the village, but homeowners could then be asked to share the cost.
Homeowner audits would include infrared scans to detect any possible leaks in heating or gas.
“We haven’t offered that before,” said Wellington electric superintendent Dave Bealer. “We’re still not sure if it will be part of the package. The infrared scans would let you see if you’re leaking cold air or warm air. It would help you pinpoint any insulation trouble spots.”
In a presentation given to council before the decision was made, Efficiency Smart director Dave Cawley explained the past and future benefits of the program.
He said 9,000 efficiency measures such as LED bulbs and upgrades to heating and cooling systems have been installed in Wellington that have saved customers $1.7 million since 2014.
“One of the things we pride ourselves on is we’re in the business of customer service,” he said. “We’re helping to provide technical assistance and financial incentive to businesses and all of our customers.”
Annual customer savings under Efficiency Smart in Wellington have averaged about $120,000, with 85 percent of that coming in the commercial sector, he said. Discount Drug Mart on North Main Street was recently awarded an Ambassador of Energy Efficiency Award after it registered about $17,000 in annual savings and upgraded its lighting to T8 LED tubes in November 2015.
A survey is going out to Wellington residents regarding an expansion of street light upgrades, which would build upon the 60 to 70 percent of village lights already running with energy efficient bulbs, Cawley said.
Following the presentation, council weighed renewing the contract versus handling energy efficiency in-house. Bealer said his department does not have the capability to match Efficiency Smart’s proposal.
“The program would essentially die without them,” he said. “We’re not having to buy megawatts at certain times. If it saves customers money it’s also saving the village money.”
“This speaks well for the community,” said interim village manager Mark Rosemark. “It tells potential businesses coming in that we’re on the forefront.”
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Jonathan Delozier | Wellington Enterprise Efficiency Smart will continue work with Wellington through 2019 after council approved a three-year, $321,000 contract extension in a September meeting.