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Modernization Saves Energy and Money at the Coeur d'Alene Nursery

Photo of several tubes and pipes.Forest Service nurseries help sustain, rehabilitate, and improve forests on public lands. Nursery operations are energy intensive and can be hampered by high energy costs.

"Modern Systems Cut Energy Use 80 Percent at the Coeur d'Alene Nursery" (0673–2326–MTDC) explains how the Coeur d'Alene Nursery in northern Idaho modernized refrigeration, lighting, and HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems, reducing energy usage an astonishing 80 percent. The nursery used third-party financing, a power company financial incentive, and a design-build contract to accomplish the work with comparatively little capital outlay. This tech tip provides information on how to identify potential energy savings for facilities and how to accomplish the work.

For additional information about energy use reduction, contact Kathleen Snodgrass, project leader (phone: 406–329–3922; e-mail:

To order the tech tip, contact Cailen Hegman, MTDC publications (phone: 406–329–3978; e-mail:

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