Saving energy saves money

David McNerney, DMU facilities director, accepts a rebate check of $152,346 from MidAmerican Energy representative Mike Washburn.

Mike Washburn, key account manager with MidAmerican Energy, left, hands a big check — literally and monetarily — to David McNerney, DMU facilities director, generated by energy-saving improvements made to Ryan Hall last year.

After MidAmerican’s survey of the building’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, the University separated those systems of Ryan’s anatomy lab from the rest of the building. The company paid for the survey and issued the University the $152,346 rebate.

“In addition, we’re going to save $50,000 a year in utility costs,” McNerney says. “That goes on forever, basically.”

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