Vancouver Island Health upgrades boilers at Eagle Park Lodge, saves $17K

Renée Francoeur
March 20, 2017
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March 20, 2017 - Three new boilers at Eagle Park Lodge in Qualicum Beach, B.C. will save about $17,000 annually in costs, the Vancouver Island Health Authority reports, and in recognition of this reduction, FortisBC has awarded Island Health a $30,000 incentive for the boiler upgrade.

 “We are grateful for FortisBC’s support for this project,” said Deanna Fourt, Island Health director of Energy Efficiency and Conservation. “Two large boilers have provided heat and hot water since Eagle Park Lodge was built in 1994. When new, they reached efficiencies of up to 80%, but were not as efficient as they reached the end of their service life. We replaced them with high-efficiency boilers to be in line with Island Health’s emissions reduction target and to help reduce operating costs.”

The boilers require less natural gas to operate than the previous system, and can reach efficiencies of up to 96%. The system will ensure that heating and domestic hot water will continue to flow should there be any equipment failures at the nursing home, Island Health said.

“Island Health continues to be very progressive in managing their energy use, making them a great example of what can be achieved when industry, healthcare and government work together,” said Danielle Wensink, director, energy conservation and management, FortisBC. “They work closely with us to maximize incentives and energy savings, and reinvest those dollars in more upgrades and renewable natural gas which further reduces their overall energy footprint, even as their organization grows.”

The project was funded by both the Province of B.C.’s Carbon Neutral Capital Program and the Nanaimo Regional Hospital District.  

The upgrade will also reduce enough greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, equivalent to taking nine vehicles off the road, Island Health added.

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