Commissioners approve energy savings program

Sedgwick County commissioners this morning approved going forward with a $1.3 million energy savings project expected to pay for itself in less than five years.

Commissioner Richard Ranzau voted against the project, which uses $300,000 of federal stimulus money. Without that money, the project would pay for itself in six years.

Ranzau said that stimulus money is “pure debt” to be passed on to future generations. Ranzau has consistently voted against accepting federal money for county projects.

The project will include more efficient lighting, a new ozone-based laundry system for the jail and the use of energy misers for vending machines.