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While we accept electronics, consider recycling large amounts of e-waste. Computers, charging cords and microwaves are just a few items often collected at electronic retailers for proper recycling. Call ahead for a full list of accepted materials.
Best Buy: 2135 West Memorial Road, Oklahoma City, OK 73134 Buying and harnessing renewable energy 3 With a soft starter, the motor uses reduced voltage to start, and when the motor is at full speed, or a timing circuit has timed out, a running by-pass contactor pulls in and the motor continues to run at full base speed. With a variable frequency drive (VFD) the motor will soft start, and you can vary the speed of the motor, by varying the output frequency. So, if you don’t need to vary the speed of the motor, once the motor is up to speed, then the correct solution is a soft start starter. A U.S. Department of Energy (Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant) was obtained through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to initially retrofit five well pumps and two large motors at the Water Resources Plant, using VFD technology. To illustrate how this technology works, two graphs are provided below that show the City putting these drives to work. These pumps were compared on a yearly basis, using the annual average kWh/MG of water production. Beginning in 2011 and 2012, this method of measuring efficiency showed a marked improvement in performance for most of these facilities. Those that didn’t show an immediate improvement had some other underlying problems, such as age of the well. Two examples of those wells are shown below.
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Water and Wastewater processes are by far the largest consumer of electricity for City operations. In 2018 roughly 61% of all electric expenditures for City operations came from these processes.
ED M O N D EL EC T R I C ’ S T R EE P R O G R A M
Beginning in Fall 2015, Edmond Electric started distributing trees to its customers. The Energy Saving Trees program is a partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation.
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Number of trees received by Edmond Electric customers each year. Customers have the opportunity to reserve a specific tree species of their choice using an online mapping tool created by the Arbor Day Foundation. While doing that, the customer will “place” their tree around their home using the mapping software and the program will generate the KwH savings and cost savings for when the tree reaches maturity. The program has been wildly successful with the trees being sold out on the first day in the first hour.
R E S I D EN T I N C EN T I V E S A N D U T I L I T Y S ERV I C E S Edmond Electric’s Home Energy Audit Program is another outreach program for our residents to help make qualifying energy efficiency improvements to homes 10 years or older. Trained technicians perform a free review of your home, rating its energy efficiency and offering helpful advice on how to lower your energy costs. The metric below is based on fiscal years 2009 to 2018. Following the number of energy audits helps the City to gage how well we are reaching customers. Saving energy reduces our nation’s overall demand for resources. Increasing your energy efficiency is like adding another clean energy source to the electric power grid. On older homes much energy can be wasted through leaky windows, ducts, old appliances, or inefficient heating and cooling systems.
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Residents can also use the Energy Star Home Energy Yardstick on the Energy Star website to compare their home’s energy efficiency to similar homes across the country and get recommendations for energy-saving home improvements from Energy Star. Following an audit by a trained technician, recommendations may follow for installation of heat pumps and ceiling insulation, for which customers may qualify for significant rebates. Contact Edmond Electric at (405) 216–7608 to arrange your audit today.
R E S I D EN T I N C EN T I V E S A N D U T I L I T Y S ERV I C E S con’t. Edmond Electric’s Heating and Air rebates program allows customers to receive significant rebates in both existing and new buildings, from $250 per ton on 16.0 SEER air-source/dual fuel heat pumps, to $800 per ton on 17.1 EER ground-source (geothermal) heat pumps. Possible savings are dependent on several factors, however: type city of edmond landfill heat pump installed, the age, insulation, and size of your home, as well as the owner’s living habits. Go to Edmond’s Heat Pump Rebate page to find out more EdmondOK.com/Sustainability. The Ceiling Insulation program was new in 2018 and is included in the rebate totals below. Ceiling insulation is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to improve the energy efficiency of a home. Rebates are available up to $500, based on the initial R-values in the attic before new insulation city of edmond landfill added. Measuring the number of rebates city of edmond landfill the City gage how well we are reaching out to customers and encouraging the kind of energy efficiency we would like to promote as a City. Go to Edmond’s Ceiling Insulation page to find out more EdmondOK.com/Sustainability.
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Savings for these installations can be substantial for property owners. According to the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA), if you replace your old gas furnace and air-conditioning unit with an air-source or dual-fuel heat pump you can potentially cut your heating and cooling in half.
BU I L D I N G A N D F I R E C O D E S ERV I C E S Edmondâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Building & Fire Code Services ensures the safe and lawful use of buildings through the issuance of building and trade permits. The goal is to promote safe, quality living and working conditions through efficient use of available resources. The Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s primary activities are 1) performing plan reviews 2) issuing permits, and 3) inspecting properly permitted projects. The City currently uses the International Building Code (IBC), 2015 Edition, for commercial buildings, city of edmond landfill the International Residential Code (IRC), 2015 Edition, is followed for residential buildings. The City has also adopted the rules set forth by the Oklahoma Uniform Building Code Commission. As the State moves forward on new code requirements, the City will adopt those changes. Those new standards for efficiency may be in place in Edmond as soon as 2021.
Building Inspections are important when hundreds city of edmond landfill thousands of dollars are at stake in the building process. For the small price of an inspection, homeowners and businesses save money on heating and cooling costs and prevent possible catastrophic failure.
BU I L D I N G A N D F I R E C O D E S ERV I C E S con’t. Regarding new and existing construction, there are several activities the Department currently undertakes to address efficiency and long-term sustainability.
Verify proper insulation and air sealing of duct work to minimize operating costs.
Confirm that mechanical systems in a home or building are compatible with the building envelope, for indoor air quality.
Perform moisture barrier inspections on structures for long-term protection from outside moisture intrusion.
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Verify proper ventilation of attics and crawl spaces for moisture and mold mitigation.
Verify plumbing fixture water-use standards.
Verify separation of fats, oil and grease from sanitary sewer systems for water quality.
Verify backflow protection for potable water protection from contaminating sources.
Verify water drainage away from foundations to protect the structure.
Verify proper construction techniques for driveway approaches and sidewalks.
Verify new construction techniques and materials for
proper application and safety.
R EN E WA B L E EN ER GY
GEOTHERMAL ENERGY Geothermal energy is another way in which the City is saving on energy costs and using renewable sources to benefit the environment. Geothermal energy is heat from the ground.
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The Crosstimbers Municipal Complex was completed and approximately 230 tons of ground-source geothermal wells were installed.
TECH TIP Empowering customers to be more sustainable through City programs 9
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