Honeywell Helps City Reduce Energy Use without Incurring Additional Taxpayer Expenses

Edited from a Press Release

MINNEAPOLIS, (HNN)  – Honeywell  today announced that the City of Huntington, W.Va., has awarded the company a $2.4-million energy conservation and building modernization program that will decrease energy consumption and utility expenses at the targeted facilities by an estimated 25 percent.

Funded through a 15-year performance contract, the program includes a variety of facility and infrastructure upgrades that are expected to cut almost $200,000 in annual energy and operating costs. The city will use the savings, which are guaranteed by Honeywell under the contract, to pay for the improvements. As a result, the work will not increase city operating budgets or require additional taxpayer dollars. 

By reducing the use of electricity and natural gas, the city is also positioned to lessen the impact of future increases in utility costs. The city now has an energy management strategy that will help insulate it against energy price volatility. Honeywell will work with city officials to measure and verify consumption, and ensure the savings are met. In addition, the company’s engineers will look for additional opportunities for the city to cut energy use and costs.

“Huntington is a prime example of how a city can make critical improvements even when budgets are tight,” said Paul Orzeske, president of Honeywell Building Solutions. “Performance contracts are beneficial to cities that have the desire to become more energy efficient, improve their facilities and shrink their environmental footprint without straining operating budgets.”

Along with the bottom-line savings, the work is expected to have a significant ecological impact, reducing annual carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 1,360 metric tons. According to figures from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, this is equivalent to removing more than 260 cars from the road.  

“This work demonstrates the city’s commitment to extending the life of our buildings and making them more efficient,” said Huntington Mayor Kim Wolfe. “The energy-efficiency improvements allow us to decrease our utility costs and environmental footprint. At the same time, we are able to modernize building equipment that was in definite need of repair or replacement.”

The program will affect 18 city facilities, and will include upgrades to heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) equipment, building controls and lighting. Honeywell will also seal buildings to reduce the loss of warm and cool air, and switch traffic signals to more efficient light-emitting diode (LED) technology. Specifically, several major projects were identified as critical to the operation of the city:

·         Replacement of the HVAC system at City Hall, along with improvements to the building’s facade.

·         Replacement of the failing HVAC system at Centennial Fire Station.

·         Installation of an energy management system at Jean Dean Police Station.

·         Replacement of air handlers and controls at Big Sandy Superstore Arena.


Honeywell started making the upgrades in September and expects to complete construction in the first quarter of 2012.


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