Energy Efficiency Improvements Provide a Greener Footprint and Lower Operating Expenses for Miramont Lifestyle Fitness

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Energy efficiency upgrades produce a lower carbon footprint for Miramont Lifestyle fitness while enabling building performance improvements that create a better playing environment for their athletes. Cleantech Solutions, an energy services company, was chosen to undertake this project due to their collaborative approach at improving operating efficiencies while reducing energy usage. The end result is a 70% reduction in energy use equating to an annual reduction of 300 tons of carbon emissions which is equivalent to planting 67 acres of trees.

Cleantech worked hard to satisfy our needs while designing unique solutions that have enhanced our facilities. They are a customer-friendly company who worked hard to ensure we were happy and satisfied with the finished energy systems.

Miramont Lifestyle Fitness created a green mission to promote environmentally-friendly practices and "be as green as possible without sacrificing quality." When they chose Cleantech SolutionsTM (Cleantech) to investigate the energy savings opportunities in their two facilities, their goal was to reduce energy costs and to provide a better product for their clients. By collaborating with both the city of Ft. Collins and Platt River Power, Cleantech was able to maximize the financial incentives available to Miramont and meet their goals with energy efficient systems that will pay for themselves within one-and-a-half years.

Working closely with Miramont's management and facilities teams, Cleantech selected and designed systems that would not only be energy efficient but would provide for a better experience for the athletes and spectators. Cliff Buchholz, owner of the Miramont fitness facilities, commented, "Cleantech worked hard to satisfy our needs while designing unique solutions that have enhanced our facilities. They are a customer-friendly company who worked hard to ensure we were happy and satisfied with the finished energy systems." The newly designed tennis facility lighting system is a unique hybrid, direct-indirect lighting combination producing a bright sporting environment while minimizing glare to the participants and fans. The new lighting, while significantly brighter, will reduce energy usage by almost 70%. Other upgrades installed in the pool facility, basketball gym, weight room and climbing wall structure as well as the improvements to the closets, restrooms and administrative offices, contribute additional savings. All totaled, the energy savings prevent 300 metric tons of carbon from being emitted into the atmosphere annually (the equivalent of planting 67 acres of trees).

Miramont is making sure the investment in energy savings will keep paying off for the long-term.
"We continue to work with Cleantech to monitor the performance of the new systems and look for more opportunities to continually decrease our energy use. Each monthly utility bill is showing substantial savings and getting us closer to meeting our 1.5 year payoff goal." concluded Buchholz. With such significant energy savings from this investment, Miramont will be able to fund its green mission for many years to come.

About Miramont Lifestyle Fitness and Cleantech Solutions:

Miramont Lifestyle Fitness provides a wide range of fitness, sports and recreation facilities to help its members achieve their fitness goals. Operating from 3 locations across Ft. Collins, Colorado, Miramont provides for a wide variety of sporting events, fitness activities, wellness programs and spa services and features the largest climbing wall in northern Colorado.

For more information, visit: http://www.miramontlifestylefitness.com

Cleantech Solutions is an energy services company creating solutions to enhance building performance in commercial, industrial and municipal facilities. The company evaluates, engineers and installs systems optimized for operational efficiency, financial return and energy consumption.

For more information, visit: http://www.cleantechsolutions.com

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