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Upgrades pay dividends for Juneau shelter

By Associated Press 8:56 AM December 24, 2013

The executive director at the Glory Hole says savings have exceeded projections of 30 percent cost savings on electric and utility costs.

JUNEAU – Energy efficiency upgrades at Juneau’s homeless shelter are paying dividends.

The executive director at the Glory Hole says savings have exceeded projections of 30 percent cost savings on electric and utility costs.

The Juneau Empire reports (http://is.gd/jkwWfm) improvements were completed earlier this year. They included a new boiler, exterior siding and insulation and a new thermostat system. Other improvements included replacing doors and windows, upgrading the electrical system and adding efficient lighting.

This year, the shelter spent about $13,000 on utility costs from March through December. The bill for the same time last year was more than $25,000.

The entire upgrade cost the shelter about $210,000, and grants paid for a majority of the costs.

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Information from: Juneau (Alaska) Empire, http://www.juneauempire.com

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