Fresno Energy Watch Assists Sierra Vista Mall Cut Energy Costs

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The Sierra Vista Mall in Clovis and its business tenants were recently upgraded with a number of energy efficiency improvements in an effort to cut energy consumption and costs thanks to the Fresno Energy Watch partnership.

The Sierra Vista Mall and participating businesses have realized that becoming more energy efficient not only makes a positive impact on their environment but also their bottom line.

The Sierra Vista Mall in Clovis and its business tenants were recently upgraded with a number of energy efficiency improvements in an effort to cut energy consumption and costs. Specific improvements included the installation of more efficient lighting and special devices, known as vending misers, which make vending machines operate more efficiently. According to Dan Manfredi with Richard Heath and Associates Inc., vending misers save on energy cost and consumption because they “cycle the refrigeration on [vending machines] more efficiently than the machine is designed itself.” Lighting upgrades included the replacement of antiquated linear fluorescent bulbs, commonly referred to as T-12’s, with more efficient bulbs that also produce a higher quality light. Cari Buys, Manager of a participating Sierra Vista Mall art store, Golden Coast Gallery, said, “I am ecstatic! I’ve been [with the company] for 10 years and I don’t think I’ve ever seen any of this art as illuminated as it is now!”

Total savings realized by the mall and participating businesses are expected to reach nearly 57,000 kilowatt hours at a total cost of nearly $11,000 per year. Steve Newvine, Energy Watch program manager at Pacific Gas and Electric Company said, “The Sierra Vista Mall and participating businesses have realized that becoming more energy efficient not only makes a positive impact on their environment but also their bottom line. These businesses have invested not only in their own futures, but those of their neighbors as well.”

Businesses within Fresno County that may be interested in a no-cost energy assessment to identify potential energy efficiency upgrades are encouraged to go to http://www.FresnoEnergyWatch.com. Featured on the website is a user-friendly resource that allows businesses to easily identify programs, unique to their operations, which may help lower energy usage—all with little to no cost. The website also helps businesses familiarize themselves with available rebates that can help lower the cost of improvements or browse several financing options with benefits unique to businesses.

The Fresno Energy Watch is a collaboration between Pacific Gas and Electric Company, the City of Fresno, the Fresno County EDC and Richard Heath and Associates Inc. The program works with local governments, such as the City of Clovis, to help small and medium businesses, municipalities, and nonprofit organizations improve their energy efficiency. By increasing their energy efficiency, program customers can reduce energy consumption and save money on their utility bills, while at the same time benefitting the environment by conserving natural resources and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This program is funded by the California utility customers and administered by PG&E under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission.

ABOUT THE EDC: The Economic Development Corporation serving Fresno County is a nonprofit organization established to market Fresno County as the premier location to expand and grow core industries. The EDC strives to not only facilitate site selection for new businesses within Fresno County, but to also assist in the retention and expansion of businesses already located in the area.

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