It’s his hope, though, that such capabilities can be expanded beyond the Memorial Courthouse in downtown Farmington to many of the county’s 24 major buildings, and to 10 smaller facilities with which Scott is involved. The Justice Complex and Davis Conference Center are the only facilities handled separately.
As soon as $500,000 in Energy Efficiency Grant money is received, work can begin on implementing more of a system that will regulate heat and air conditioning in various facilities, including county libraries, senior activities centers, public works and more.
“With the system, we can set temperature and lighting after hours, say ‘turn them on at 5 a.m.’ and then run through the day.” This can decrease temperatures a bit so facilities aren’t running at full capacity 24 hours a day, when not needed.
The system detects when someone is in a room and adjusts room temperatures, taking into account what the thermostat says outside, as well.
“We could save a good deal of money per year, especially if it’s utilized the right way,” Scott said.
David L. Jensen & Associates of Bountiful has been retained as a consultant for the project.
County Commission Chair Bret Millburn and Scott recently attended a seminar in Las Vegas to further study that and related issues.
“The county is being proactive in trying to save money with its facilities, both in existing and retrofitting,” Millburn said. “We want to do it both to conserve energy and stay abreast of current technologies that these new buildings are pursuing.”
Millburn was referring to the new Health Department Administration building that will see a construction start soon in Clearfield, as well as the new Farmington Headquarters Library/Election Building, which should see a construction start next year.
In addition to the Memorial Courthouse, some other county buildings have been assessed, more efficient light bulbs installed, and lighting altered with energy efficiency in mind.