Trade Professional Spotlight

See what our customers and trade professionals are up to and how they’re saving energy and money!

C.E. Mechanical Inc.

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    C.E. Mechanical Inc. (C.E.) specializes in full-spectrum mechanical services, including plan and spec and design-build direct to owner boiler systems. For all its water heating projects, the company includes insulation.

    Pipe insulation is an often overlooked but very important part of efficient boiler systems. It leads to more effective operations and saves energy by maintaining temperature consistency and decreasing heat loss, which can lower utility costs. Additionally, insulation makes the work environment safer for site personnel, in case they come into contact with dangerously hot pipes.

    After assessing a facility’s boiler or other mechanical needs, C.E. will work with SoCalGas to help get its customers the maximum rebates available to them, no matter how big or small the project is and how much or little insulation it requires. The company does this because it wants “to do right” by its clients and ensure their satisfaction with the equipment and services they receive.

R.F MacDonald Co.

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    With offices throughout California and Nevada, R.F. MacDonald Co. (RFM) services and sells boilers, pumps, and accessories for commercial and industrial applications.
    For one of its customers, a large metal beverage container manufacturer in Southern California, RFM removed an old and oversized firetube boiler and replaced it with three new modular hydronic, high efficiency condensing boilers used for process heating.

Canseco Boiler Services

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    Canseco Boiler Services specializes in boilers, burners, and ancillary equipment. In late 2020, the company installed a high efficiency firetube boiler and heat recovery stack economizer at an aircraft parts manufacturer in Southern California, which received SoCalGas’s first-ever economizer rebate. MavTech Energy supplied the equipment, which is used to heat presses.
    Economizers use heat from a boiler’s exhaust to pre-heat its feedwater, and they can also help with making boilers more efficient. Previously, economizers were only eligible for custom incentives, but they were added to the deemed rebate program in Summer 2020. Canseco’s customer was the first to take advantage of this new measure and obtained $45,000 in total rebates from SoCalGas.

The Cleaner's Mart

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    The Cleaner’s Mart, based out of Los Angeles, is a dry cleaning and laundry equipment supplier and contractor. It primarily serves customers in the dry cleaning and textiles industries, and one of its specialties is in steam traps.

    Steam traps are a type of automatic valve and are commonly found in businesses that use a lot of steam. They play an important role in the steam heating system, discharging condensates and non-condensable gases, such as air, while reducing steam loss. When steam traps fail, excess steam escapes, so more steam is needed. Thus, proper maintenance and replacement of faulty steam traps are important.

    The Cleaners Mart has conducted steam trap surveys and replaced faulty equipment, as necessary, at many dry cleaners throughout the Greater Los Angeles area. By taking advantage of SoCalGas rebates, these businesses have been able to save money and decrease their energy use at the same time.

Superior Laundry Systems By Advantage

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    Superior Laundry Systems by Advantage provides energy efficiency solutions for organizationsusing commercial washers and dryers, such as fitness clubs, hotels, and health facilities. One of its specialties is modulating gas valves (or natural gas modulating controllers).

    Superior Laundry Systems started out in Northern California and is rapidly expanding throughout the Western U.S. In its first project in Southern California, the company installed three modulating gas valve kits at a Los Angeles area nursing home. SoCalGas assisted with $2,250 in rebates.

    Modulating gas valves are a retrofit that make commercial gas dryers more energy efficient. Dryers come with only on or off burner valves, but installing a modulating gas valve adds a medium setting and temperature monitor. Demand for heat decreases during the drying cycle as moisture evaporates; using real time monitoring, the valve goes to medium when appropriate. This avoids overshooting the set temperature and results in shorter, low level burn times, especially in the second half of the cycle. As a result, less natural gas is used, typically by 20-30%, which helps customers save money on their utility bills. There is also reduced wear on linens from decreased exposure to high heat.

ACT Inc. and Extended Stay America

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    ACT Inc. manufactures the ON D’MAND line of recirculating pump controllers, which help buildings with 24/7 hot water recirculation reduce their natural gas and electricity consumption. They do this by cutting recirculation run time from 24 hours to just 2-3 hours per day. Customers never see or feel a change in the delivery of their hot water and typically see a return on investment in less than a year. Further, the controller can help increase the life of water heaters and boilers by up to 25%.
    In 2019, ACT Inc. conducted a field test of its D’MAND Controller at Extended Stay America – Cypress, and results show that the reduction in the run time of the water pump led to an 18.5% decrease in natural gas use. Because of this, the hotel is expected to save over $1,300 on their utility bill annually.
    Following the success of the field test and with a strong commitment to sustainability, Extended Stay America has installed D’MAND Controllers at dozens of locations throughout Southern California and the Pacific Northwest, with SoCalGas assisting with $25,000 in rebates. So the next time you stay at an Extended Stay America, thank ACT Inc. for delivering your room’s hot shower and sink water! 

Parker Boiler and Pacific Uniform

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    Pacific  Uniform, a laundry service provider for rental uniforms in Carson, CA, recently installed a Low NOx Premix Technology Steam Boiler manufactured by Parker Industrial Boiler. Using direct steam injections, this new unit will bring the washers’ water temperature to 180 degrees, getting dirty laundry looking and smelling fresh and clean for a perfect looking uniform. 
    Pacific Uniform also added an economizer that boosts the boiler’s efficiency to over 84%. This will allow the company to save an extra $5,000 per year in energy costs, so the economizer will pay for itself in less than two years. The company saved even more with a SoCalGas rebate of over $3,000 for the boiler! 

Knorr Systems and the City of Irvine

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    Knorr Systems provides equipment, service, training, and daily operations for aquatic facilities throughout the Western and South-Central United States. Among its customers is the City of Irvine’s William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center, a world class venue for local, national, and international aquatic events with two side-by-side 50m pools and one 25m by 25yd pool. It even hosted one of the swimming events at the 1984 Summer Olympics! 
    Given the rarity of having two 50m side-by-side pools, in 2013, the Woollett Aquatics Center was chosen to test the effectiveness and efficiency of the then-new 96% thermally efficient Lochinvar AQUAS condensing indirect pool heating system. While one pool kept its original 89% thermally efficient direct-fired boiler, the other used the AQUAS system, installed by Knorr Systems. Both pools were kept at the same temperature. Findings from the study concluded that the pool with the AQUAS system used 20% less natural gas than the one with a direct-fired heater.
    The City has since upgraded all its pools with the AQUAS system, including the Northwood High School Aquatic Center earlier in 2019. With Knorr Systems' help, the City of Irvine is a stellar example of what a forward-thinking city can accomplish in energy efficiency while providing top-quality facilities to local citizens and the international aquatics community.