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North Penn Water Authority Earns EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Certification for Superior Energy Efficiency

December 21, 2016

Lansdale, Pa—December 21, 2016-- North Penn Water Authority’s Operations Center has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR certification, which signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.

"North Penn Water Authority is pleased to accept EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts,” said Anthony Bellitto, Jr., PE, executive director of North Penn Water Authority. "Through this achievement, we have demonstrated our commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering our energy costs.”

Commercial buildings that earn EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. NPWA improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements to its building. NPWA has prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to 23,731 gallons of gasoline each year.

“Improving the energy efficiency of our nation’s buildings is critical to protecting our environment, “ said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial Branch. “From the boiler room to the board room, organizations are leading the way by making their buildings more efficient and earning EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification.”

To earn the ENERGY STAR, NPWA took the following actions:

-       Conducted an energy audit
-       Installed a new HVAC system with customized controls;
-       Installed a white colored roof to reflect the heat better;
-       Upgraded lighting, and room motion sensors;
-       Installed tint coatings on large windows in entrance lobby to reduce ultraviolet light transmission;
-       Increased recycling of all renewable waste materials throughout our operations;
-       Converted paper bidding of contracts to electronic bidding to significantly reduced the need to copy large volumes of paper with multiple bid documents;
-       Now offer several different electronic bill payment options for customers.

EPA’s ENERGY STAR energy performance scale helps organizations assess how efficiently their buildings use energy relative to similar buildings nationwide. A building that scores a 75 or higher on EPA’s 1-100 scale may be eligible for ENERGY STAR certification. Commercial buildings that can earn the ENERGY STAR include offices, bank branches, data centers, financial centers, retail stores, courthouses, hospitals, hotels, K-12 schools, medical offices, supermarkets, dormitories, houses of worship, and warehouses.

ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 65 different kinds of products, 1.4 million new homes, and 20,000 commercial buildings and industrial plants that meet strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the EPA. Over the past twenty years, American families and businesses have saved more than $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.8 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions with help from ENERGY STAR.

For more information about ENERGY STAR Certification for Commercial Buildings:  www.energystar.gov/labeledbuildings

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About North Penn Water Authority 
Established in 1965, North Penn Water Authority (NPWA) is a municipally owned, nonprofit Authority with a dedicated, professional workforce committed to providing the community with a safe, reliable, and economical water supply.  Water supplied to their customers comes from both a surface water supply that is treated at the state of the art Forest Park Water Treatment Plant (FPWTP) and from 12 groundwater wells located throughout the service area.  To provide the highest quality water, the Authority has in place a main replacement program and performs annual flushing of its 567 miles of water main which serves more than 34,000 customers.  NPWA also owns and maintains all fire hydrants in the service area to ensure hydrants are in working order in case of fire emergencies. NPWA employees, many of whom are NPWA customers themselves, take pride in being able to provide this service to the community. For more information, please visit www.npwa.org or call 215-855-3617.

 

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