Doing less, does more
If you could save $1,000 a month, would you?
We are setting out to lower our cost of business, decrease our carbon footprint and reduce our waste. Forget about climate change for a moment. This is about voting with our dollars to shape the world for the better. We just reap the added benefit of a healthier environment for our children, or friends, our fellow living beings.
Besides, who wouldn’t like to lower their utility bills, or breath clean air and drink clean water?
A fresh layer of insulation in the Silverton Memorial Municipal building, replacement of a 70 year old boiler and fresh lights have already set us on our path. But, there’s so much more we can do. Investment is an internal tax away.
GEOTHERMAL HEATING & COOLING
Our high-efficiency HVAC is regulated from the Earth!
As one of our first sustainability projects, we installed a geothermal HVAC system. A geothermal system reduces the amount of energy used to heat and cool air by exchanging the temperature of air above ground with water pumped under ground. These systems pump water through underground wells where the Earth stays at a constant 55 degrees year round. They then circulate that water above ground to a heat exchanger so the HVAC system only has to heat or cool a few more degrees to make everyone cosy! Our friends at JM Mechanical helped us by drilling fourteen 350-foot-deep wells to make this magic happen.
ELECTRIC FROM WIND
Our facility’s electric supply is now 100% powered by wind.
Early in our rehab, we began a power purchase agreement with IGS. The Village of Silverton has a standing relationship with this power supplier and we were excited to partner with them to help us keep things clean. This naturally reduces our carbon footprint dramatically since we do not receive power from burning fossil fuels.
NEW INSULATION & LED LIGHTS
Can you believe The Silverton Memorial Municipal building was not insulated?! Neither could we, so we had R38-equivalent insulation tucked in the new interior walls and ceilings.
Next, we replace every single light with LEDs, and added a few new ones for drama. Matt’s dad, Marc, and his company Leesman Lighting were there to help us design our new lights and install the brans to control them.
LOCAL SOURCING (when it makes sense)
We like to get things from close neighbors when that makes sense for the needs of our business. This works the best with grain, hops, seasonal produce and the occasional proteins. By buying local, we help our neighbors and community keep dollars in local economy and manage our overall carbon footprint by reducing the amount of dinosaur bones burned to ship things from point A to point B.