James River Air -- Practical Green Solutions / Children's Museum of Richmond

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With help from James River Air Conditioning, the Children's Museum of Richmond has reduced its electrical usage an astounding 50% in one year. James River provides its clients with Practical Green® solutions that can reduce operating costs, help protect the environment, and extend HVAC equipment useful life.

Children's Museum of Richmond

With help from James River Air Conditioning, the Children's Museum of Richmond has reduced its electrical usage an astounding 50% in one year. James River provides its clients with Practical Green® solutions that can reduce operating costs, help protect the environment, and extend HVAC equipment useful life.

The Children's Museum of Richmond is all about children, learning, exploring, and nurturing the magnificent curiosity every child possesses. Creating an environment that contributes to these goals is what the museum asked James River Air Conditioning to do; that, and helping lasso skyrocketing utility expenses. James River responded with smart diagnostic, smart automated temperature control, and smart on-going energy audits. This, coupled with comprehensive preventative maintenance, has reduced electrical consumption 50% at the museum. Gas usage plummeted more than 70% with the James River approach to energy and comfort solutions.

Museum President and CEO Karen Coltrane says, "Our utility usage had increased to the point where it took almost 2,000 admission-paying visitors each month just to cover the electric and gas bills. We were actually considering cutting staff and programs for children so we could pay the growing utility expenses. Thankfully, James River Air identified our opportunities for saving and we have had tremendous results. Now, more of our resources can go to serving our mission."

Over 230,000 people visit the Children's Museum of Richmond each year; they primarily cater to children 8 and under. Their website at http://www.c-mor.org offers more information about membership and upcoming events.

James River Air creates smart energy solutions for businesses every day. From its inception, James River Air has made strides in environmental stewardship. Its founder, the late Hugh E. Joyce, was a nature-loving Scout Master for 35 years and an avid recycler. Today, James River Air has built upon Mr. Joyce's conscientiousness by taking conservation to new and exciting heights. James River Air is committed to harvesting all feasible opportunities to promote energy efficiency, sustainability and conservation. As a professional contractor for HVAC, refrigeration, plumbing and electrical services, they are in a unique position to impact our community with high standards on many environmental concerns like energy, water, waste, pollution, etc.

James River Air specializes in optimizing automation systems, reducing utility loads, procuring green material, and developing on-site renewable energy. These efforts are occurring both in the field with James River Air's clients as well as at James River Air's own facility. In addition to having positive impacts on the environment, James River Air has learned that improved efficiency also affords businesses additional economic benefits.

The Importance of Preventive Maintenance:
The most important cost-effective actions that building owners and tenants can take is to enroll in a comprehensive Preventive Maintenance program and to implement an aggressive retro commissioning strategy to ensure operational efficiency remains as designed and like new. Every major manufacturer, as well as utility companies, recommends regular inspections of the HVAC mechanical system to achieve the intended life cycle and peak performance. Historical data proves that these services will extend equipment life, decrease emergency repair events, and control the costs/extent of these repairs and equipment failure. James River Air calls this combination of preventive maintenance with retro commissioning Practical Green®.

Clients of James River Air have realized utility savings of 15 to 30%. Savings may even be equal to or greater than the annual maintenance agreement cost, and at the same time offer significant extension of equipment usability and lifespan.

James River Air is a prominent HVAC contractor in the central Virginia area. For more information on Practical Green Solutions and ways to reduce energy usage, contact James River Air today at (804) 441-9257 or jrac(at)jamesriverair.com.

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