CARLISLE, Ind. (WTHI) - The Wabash Valley Correctional Facility is using solar energy to help heat their water system.
The new system has been functioning since May at the facility.
Fifteen solar panels help heat water at a housing unit.
"The solar system is augmenting the main system," said Roger Dagley of the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility.
Even as a partner in crime, the system is covering a lot of ground.
"We see less usage of our boiler system, a drop in natural gas usage, an abundance of hot water, and all around efficiency," Dagley explained.
The dollar savings are clear.
"In theory, we use 40 percent less in our boiling system," said Dagley.
So, for every dollar the Correctional Facility was spending per unit, this housing unit costs just sixty cents.
The facility already has plans for more green projects.
"We're putting in a new shower system. It's all energy efficient. It's all computer driven."
The shower system runs water in four minute cycles. Inmates can use more than one cycle, but the showers can't be left on for hours anymore.
The water savings pairs itself with even more savings.
"We're seeing water softener savings too," Dagley said. "It's just more efficient."
As the savings continue for the facility, taxpayers may see their dollars going to different places.
The correctional facility in Carlisle is the first in the Midwest to use these solar panels.
If they continue saving, we could see more of them around the state.
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