Cooperation makes everyone feel warm inside |

Cooperation makes everyone feel warm inside

Amy Edgett/Sierra Sun

The day dawned gray and chilly at 20-something degrees Friday ” perfect timing to test the recent series of energy-saving upgrades to the Truckee Donner Senior Center Apartments, courtesy of Nevada County, the Truckee Donner Public Utility District and Cambridge Real Estate Services. Residents and officials alike gathered in the cozy commons room Friday to celebrate the improvements.

“More than 60 long-term residents in Truckee rely on this property for a comfortable, safe place to live,” said Jeff Passadore with Cambridge Real Estate at the reception. “Frankly, the modifications will make the difference of being able to live through the winter, without having to choose between medications, groceries or utilities.”

The 60-apartment building received improved attic insulation above all rooms and common areas, new double-pane low-E windows and sliding glass doors with vinyl frames. Pipe insulation for all 60 electric water heaters and sweeps for all 60 doors are also being installed.

The upgrades were made possible through a cooperative effort by Nevada County, the Truckee Donner Public Utility District and Cambridge Real Estate Services, which manages the property. Nevada County spearheaded the project with funding from a weatherization grant. The utility district, which had done previous work on the building, came on board with additional funding from their energy conservation programs.

Michael D. Holley, general manager at the district said the residents should see a 30 to 40 percent reduction in their energy bills.

“The building had baseboard electric heaters, single pane windows, almost no insulation,” said Seven Poncelet, the Public Information and Conservation Manager at the utility district. “We focused on the windows and doors. It’s not just the economics, what really matters is the comfort level of our seniors.”

“This project was really a team effort,” Nevada County Supervisor Ted Owens said. “There were a lot of people involved in making this happen and my hat goes off to all of them. When we can work together with our public and private partners to benefit the community, everyone wins.”

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