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The most recent issue of the Business Contact newsletter is below. Additional information about rebates, energy saving tips and more is available on the Business Resource Center: Energy Advice.
Grand Finish: Crews Complete 131-mile canal lining effort
SRP crews lined the final segment of unlined canal in our 131-mile canal system, completing an effort that began in the 1950s.
The 1,000-foot section of the Grand Canal, which runs behind the Pueblo Grande Museum near 44th and Washington streets, had remained unlined because of its historical significance.
Even though the canal isn't prehistoric, it sits near a prehistoric settlement and flows in an area called the Park of Four Waters. This area marks the connection between remnants of Hohokam canals, which were likely constructed between A.D. 750 and A.D. 900; the Valley's first modern canal, Swilling's Ditch, built in 1867; and the Grand Canal.
SRP worked with the City of Phoenix — which is constructing a multiuse path in the area — to reach an agreement with Pueblo Grande to allow it to be lined.
Jim Duncan with SRP's Water Engineering and Transmission group said that Pueblo Grande wanted to preserve the look and feel of an old dirt canal as much as possible, so crews used dirt-colored shotcrete — a mixture of cement, sand and water — as well as a modified application process that didn't require the usual excavation.
Lining the canal will better protect it from erosion while helping to control seepage losses, increase canal capacity and reduce maintenance. Learn more about how we deliver water to the Valley at srpwater.com.
MORE VALLEY COMPANIES INVESTING IN WORKPLACE CHARGING
As more drivers invest in electric vehicles (EVs), companies are looking for ways to provide perks to employees who drive lowand zero-emission modes of transportation.
To date, more than 100 EV chargers have been installed at Valley businesses thanks, in part, to SRP's Workplace EV Charging Rebate Program. The companies that have participated are providing their employees with the opportunity to charge their low- and zero-emission vehicles at work. Company officials are also able to charge their own fleet of electric vehicles.
Freedom Financial Network recently installed eight chargers for employees to use while at work at the company's office in Tempe.
"We took advantage of the SRP rebate program, and SRP’s expertise, to help purchase and install the chargers," said Terri Candelaria, director of facilities and administration. "The ability to offer electric vehicle chargers helps attract and retain high-quality employees while contributing to Maricopa County's air quality. It’s an opportunity to demonstrate environmental leadership as a company."
According to an analysis by the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, driving an electric vehicle can save money on fuel and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% – 40% compared to an equivalent gasoline vehicle. There are more than 8,300 plug-in electric vehicles in the SRP service territory, and that number is increasing.
To learn more about our workplace charging rebate, visit savewithsrpbiz.com/ev.
Did you know?
According to the Department of Energy's "The Smart Grid: An Introduction," the combined U.S. grid is the largest interconnected machine on the planet. Getting electricity into your home involves three steps:
- Generation: Electricity is produced by a generator, such as a wind turbine, solar panel, hydroelectric dam or nuclear reactor.
- Transmission: After power is generated, it moves into a transmission substation that uses a transformer to increase the power to extremely high voltages so it can travel across long distances. The power is then decreased at a substation closer to your home.
- Distribution: From the substation, electricity travels through power lines, either overhead or underground, to your home.
GO GREEN AT THE GROCERY STORE
Grocery stores in the U.S. spend an average of almost $4 on electricity per square foot annually. In a typical grocery store, refrigeration and lighting represent between 44% and 77% of total use depending on climate, making these systems the best targets for energy savings.
Although energy only represents about 1% of total grocery store costs, it is about equal to a typical grocery's profit margin. So a 10% reduction in energy costs can mean a 10% increase in profits.
Many grocery stores can benefit from low- or no-cost energy expenditure reductions, such as:
Turning it off: For computers, cash registers, deli scales and deli cooking equipment, "smart" power strips with built-in occupancy sensors can shut off plugged-in devices when not in use. With lighting, occupancy sensors can help; a less expensive alternative is to train staff to switch off lights when they aren't needed. Stores that stay open 24/7 may use dual-level switching for overhead lights, allowing alternate fixtures to be turned off during low-traffic hours.
Turning it down: Adjust equipment that can't be shut down entirely to minimum levels when possible.
HVAC temperature setbacks: During off hours, turn down temperature settings in warming seasons and up in cooling seasons.
Special-use rooms: Make sure that HVAC settings in warehouses, stockrooms, offices and other special-use rooms are at minimum levels.
Many air-conditioning systems use an economizer — a dampered vent — to draw in cool outside air when available to reduce the need for mechanically cooled air. An economizer stuck in the fully open position can add as much as 50% to a building's annual energy bill. A licensed technician should calibrate controls and perform a maintenance check annually.
Visit savewithsrpbiz.com/grocery for rebates, tools and calculators just for grocers.
SIGN UP FOR ACCOUNT ALERTS
Staying in the know could help you save! SRP offers account alerts that can help you manage your budget and stay on track. Receive weekly bill estimates, find out when you exceed spending limits you set, or be reminded when your bill is due.
Have timely alerts sent directly to your email or mobile phone. Call (602) 236-8833 or log in to your account at srpnet.com/myaccount to set up eNotes account alerts.
FOOD TASTING FOR LESS
Join SRP April 13-14 for Arizona's tastiest fundraiser — the 41st Scottsdale Culinary Festival. Attendees will enjoy food tasting, live music, culinary demos, chocolate and wine, a beer garden, a family fun zone, and much more. SRP customers can save 50% on four general admission tickets using the code SRP4Arts. This offer can only be redeemed online at scottsdalefest.org/tickets until April 14, 2019.
Top energy-efficient measures for hotels and motels:
- Upgrade lighting to LEDs.
- Use an energy management system.
- Put smart thermostats in guest rooms.
Free YMCA Swim Lessons
SRP Safety Connection™ and YMCA are teaming up for Safety Around Water Week, May 21-25, to offer families free swimming lessons.
Lessons are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact your local YMCA directly to sign up. For more details, visit srpnet.com/events.