Chicago Saving 20% on Energy Bills Through Pool Renovations

Chicago pools could get energy efficiency revamp

Chicago Tribune, June 12, 2014

The Chicago Infrastructure Trust approved its second project Thursday, a plan to make 141 city-owned swimming pools more energy efficient.

The proposal would not make any cosmetic changes to the city’s aging collection of swimming pools, but would invest in refurbishing the water filtration and heating systems, air ducts and other mechanical improvements aimed at reducing the electricity and gas bills the city’s parks and school systems pay to operate the pools. The work, pegged at between $30 million and $50 million, would save the city up to 20 percent on energy bills tied to the pools, said trust executive director Stephen Beitler.

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