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Chinook Winds Casino Resort, Lincoln City

Estimated annual bill savings: $130,000

Visitors to Chinook Winds Casino Resort marvel at how the décor captures the spirit and traditions of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon, which owns and operates the resort. But that tribute to tradition doesn’t stop Chinook Winds from embracing new technology to save energy, trim labor costs and improve customer experience.

When Energy Trust pointed out inefficiencies in the casino’s air handlers, Chinook Winds installed new variable frequency drives with digital controls that allow facilities staff to monitor equipment remotely. The technology shaved approximately $50,000 from annual energy costs and $100,000 from labor costs, while improving comfort for staff and customers.

Chinook Winds also invested nearly $110,000 in energy-efficient lighting, receiving a $46,000 cash incentive from Energy Trust and garnering another $49,000 in estimated annual energy savings. Recessed downlights in the casino, convention center and showroom now boast efficient, long-lasting LEDs, as do the resort’s exit signs and parking lot. Automated controls ensure lights are on only when necessary.

LEDs solved what Sean Sheridan, the resort’s director of facilities, referred to as the “maintenance nightmare” of constantly changing bulbs. “LEDs have freed us to focus more on preventative maintenance because we spend less time on reactive maintenance,” said Sean. “They’re also brighter and safer for customers.”

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