On the brink of an important decision, it pays to have a trusted partner offer their professional opinion. When the honest input comes from Florida’s leading commercial air conditioning and energy services company, the result can be a financial windfall.
That’s exactly what happened when the City of Port St. Lucie heard from Hill York in response to a request for bids to retrofit two generators at the civic center to meet new EPA standards. Hill York’s finding: The generator engines were exempt from EPA upgrades and the City could cancel their bid, saving the $110,000 allocated for the project.
“Part of a successful long-term energy conservation program is prioritizing where to implement change and where to capitalize on savings opportunities.” said John Macgowan, Hill York Account Manager – Energy Services. “As I reviewed the documents, it was clear to me that the generators were in a category that didn’t require upgrades.”
The City of Port St. Lucie had been told by their service provider that their two civic center generators no met EPA compliance for participation in Florida Power & Light’s Interruptible Program. After receiving preliminary quotes, $110,000 was budgeted and bids were solicited to perform the work. Of the six contractors that responded, only Hill York identified the generators as exempt.
In a letter to Macgowan, the City of Port St. Lucie’s Director of Procurement Management, Cheryl Shansberger, expressed thanks for Hill York’s honesty.
“Due to your firm’s interest in the project, and review of the bid specifications, you have assisted the City of Port St. Lucie with a significant cost savings by not having to retrofit the generators.” wrote Shansberger.
Noted Macgowan: “Improving energy efficiency and reducing operating costs requires expertise in many technical areas. That includes a thorough understanding of EPA regulations. Hill York is always ready to help our customers save money any way we can.”
The City of Port St. Lucie and Hill York have a long standing partnership in pursuit of energy efficiency and infrastructure improvements. In 2013, Hill York completed the implementation of six energy conservation measures at the main municipal complex that have saved the City in excess of $135,000 a year in energy costs. City officials called the self funding project “an absolute victory for the City and taxpayers.”
A full-service commercial air conditioning company, Hill York provides system maintenance, service, repairs, energy solutions and installation for a wide range of heating, cooling and ventilation systems. Founded in 1936, the company serves the state of Florida. For more information, visit www.hillyork.com.