An initiative led by Corvias, the Army’s housing partner at Fort Polk, La., to install geothermal heat pumps and energy and water saving devices in the post’s family housing is projected to save $1.5 million annually. The East Greenwich, R.I.-based company has finished outfitting 3,500 residences with water and energy conservation fixtures, including low-flow faucets, shower heads and toilets, and the Energy Star-certified Nest Learning Thermostat. The company has installed almost one-third of the 2,400 planned geothermal heat pumps, according to a press release.
The initiative is estimated to save more than 9 million kilowatt-hours of electricity and 71 million gallons of water annually, with savings totaling more than $40 million throughout the remaining 35 years of the housing partnership. Corvias raised $34 million to carry out the energy and water upgrades.
“Through this project we are demonstrating our dedication to our military families and our commitment to energy security and sustainability,” said Col. Jarrett Thomas II, Fort Polk’s garrison commander. “Projects like this allow the Army to build smart installations, inspired by the growing trend of smart cities, while at the same time ensuring security.”
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