By: Katie Banks
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Loudon County was in need of replacing a vintage HVAC system that needed constant repair. Monthly maintenance to keep the system running averaged around $875.00. In addition, the Club’s annual utilities cost $16,667 for a 5,700 square foot building.
The Southface grant funded several projects at the Club, including replacing vending misers, updating the lighting fixtures in the gym and updating the HVAC system to a more energy efficient system. All of the projects were completed in January; the HVAC was installed in December. The Club has already seen a $3,400 reduction in utilities, just in the few months the system has been in place.
Of greater note, perhaps, is the reduction in maintenance costs that are anticipated. Over the course of 10 years, the Club was paying around $14,000 per year in maintenance costs. With the new system, there is a 10 year warranty, and the Club is going to receive free inspections. The Club has estimated that the installation of the HVAC system will save over $140,000 over the course of 10 years. That’s $140,000 on building maintenance that can now be invested in staff, programs, and most importantly, impacting the lives of our members! The Lenoir City Club is incredibly grateful for the opportunity.