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Conservation Payoff for Sky Lakes

sky lakesKLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — A $2.5 million project to upgrade energy infrastructure at Sky Lakes Medical Center is paying off in more ways than one.

On Tuesday, the Energy Trust of Oregon presented the Klamath Falls hospital with a check for more than $199,000.

It’s a dividend the hospital can add to savings it is already enjoying for adding high efficiency lighting, low flow toilets, up-to-date thermostats and improved heating and cooling equipment.

“In our lighting costs, we’re looking at probably a good seven to eight percent reduction, and a total of 22% reduction in all of our energy costs with these projects,” explained Facilities Management Director Rick McGuffey.

The hospital says the upgrades will reduce electricity consumption by more than 788,000 kilowatt hours a year, cutting their light bill by more than $52,000.