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Spectrum Water District lowers costs by watching the clock

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Posted: Friday, March 2, 2012 7:03 pm

Whether for a small business or a family of four, every dollar counts as the economic slump lingers. The Spectrum Water District is one business that has discovered a refreshing way to boost its bottom line.

“Sustainability is smart business,” says Kristine Nau, Spectrum Irrigation Water Delivery District (IWDD) No. 48 manager. Her customers agree. You see, the IWDD provides irrigation water to more than 30 southeast Gilbert clients, including the San Tan Motorplex, Catholic Healthcare West’s Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, Gilbert Growth Properties and several Gilbert schools.

Since its inception in 2004, the IWDD has participated in a cost- and energy-savings program called Time-of-Use (TOU) offered by Salt River Project (SRP).

“We use TOU for one simple reason: to save our clients money without having to compromise quality. It’s the same reason CCMC was hired to manage the IWDD. Quite simply, it makes good business sense to align our organization with programs that promote similar results,” Nau explains.

Nau recently learned that the IWDD did such a stellar job conserving energy that it became one of SRP’s top savers in its industry for 2011 by simply choosing to participate in the SRP TOU program. The IWDD reduced energy costs by more than 15 percent. That’s nearly $5,900 in savings — savings that benefit everyone.

SRP’s business TOU price plan is an optional, three-period time-of-use plan. It has on-peak, shoulder and off-peak pricing periods and is designed for businesses with electricity demand ranging from 5–1,500 kilowatts that are able to take advantage of the lower prices in the shoulder and off-peak periods.

According to SRP, its TOU program can help many companies or families in need of trimming costs if they can manage electric usage, just as Spectrum IWDD did.

Typically, businesses that can save the most:

• Are open Monday–Friday (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

• Are open earlier in the summer.

• Are open later in the winter (after 9 a.m.).

• Are open weekends.

• Can avoid high electricity demands during peak usage hours (summer 2–7 p.m. and winter 5–9 a.m.).

• Can move operations or production schedules away from the first shift or start the first shift earlier in the day.

“Energy management is extremely important to our clients,” CCMC CEO Bart Park explains. “It’s our job to educate them on all the programs and technologies that will help them save valuable natural resources and association dollars.”

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