Energy use generally down at Port of Bremerton facilities

BREMERTON NATIONAL AIRPORT — The Port of Bremerton has cut energy use by nearly 4 percent in the year ending November 2010, according to a report from the Cascade Power Group.
Some of the big players at the port that experienced power reductions the most included Olympic View Industrial Park Building 1 (45 percent) and OVIP Building 7 (25 percent).
Port facilities showing greater energy used included lighting at a couple of port parks — a 24 percent increase was measured at Water Street Park in Port Orchard, and an 11 percent increase was measured at the Port Orchard Marina Park.
Plus, the runway lights at Bremerton National Airport used 9 percent more energy than the year before, according to the study.
The port shares a “resource energy officer” with other entities like the city of Bremerton. The officer’s work is grant-supported, and the Port Orchard Marina had undergone an energy audit as part of the officer’s work. Some of the officer’s recommendations for the marina:
— retrofit exterior lighting to reduce wattage.
— replace hot-water heaters
— upgrade washers to more efficient front-loading models
— weatherize laundry, restrooms and shop
— replace unit heaters with radiant heaters
— look for solar opportunities
Steve Slaton, the port’s director of marinas, said some of the improvements were free, but others would require money, so those would have to be evaluated.

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