Parker & Sons Considers the Massive Price of Heating in Wisconsin

Phoenicians are not fans of winter. They are a desert people who love warmth and sunshine. Even relatively mild winters in the low 30s feel cripplingly cool. Parker & Sons notes, it could always be worse. States like Wisconsin face devastating winter temperatures that have been known to dip below 0°F! For this reason, the University of Wisconsin recently overhauled its heating systems for the modest price tag of $188 million.

Dec 11, 2015, 10:00 ET from Parker & Sons

PHOENIX, Dec. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Parker & Sons comments that the cost of heating in Wisconsin seems steep, but it likely beats freezing to death.

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The renovation project at the University of Wisconsin has taken many twists and turns since its inception during the fall of 2010. At the time, the scope of the heating upgrade was to convert the university's existing coal-powered heating system into a natural gas and biomass plant. The budget for the original project scope was approximately $250 million. Unfortunately, as the state's budget began to tighten in 2011, cuts had to be made. The biomass plant section of the upgrade was eliminated from the project scope. Parker & Sons comments that even without the biomass plant, heating in Wisconsin is still of vital importance. 

Faramarz Vakili, who works as the director for the physical plant department for operations, maintenance, and utilities, and is the director for sustainability operations, noted that an upgrade to the university's current coal-fired steam plant, although expensive, could end up saving the university massive amounts of money in the long run. In fact, projected annual savings were placed upwards of $1.5 million. Vakili said, "The initial reasons (to move forward with the project) were to update old equipment and provide additional capacity to meet the demands of the campus."  

Parker & Sons observes that a lesson can be drawn from University of Wisconsin heating overhaul project. In cold climates, heating is a necessity. Without it, life is unbearable. Even in cities like Phoenix with relatively mild climates, winters can become extremely uncomfortable. The faster individuals accept that, and spend what is required to upgrade their heating system, the faster they will start saving by owning a more energy efficient unit.

"I know our winters out here are nothing like what they have to face up in Wisconsin, but they can still get pretty cold. Already we have had a few nights where the temperature has dipped well below 40 degrees. I would recommend Phoenix homeowners upgrade their heating systems if they are outdated. Learn from the University of Wisconsin, upgrade early and save money quickly," said Josh Kelly of Parker & Sons.

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