The Big Chill: Saving Energy & Money

On a mission to reduce our energy intake and environmental impact, not to mention our electric bill, we installed two new energy-efficient chillers below the Turbine Hall earlier this summer. What’s a chiller you ask? These are large machines that do most of the work controlling temperature throughout the museum. This is no small task in a building that accommodates over a thousand people a day! Our chillers are expected to reduce our energy use by about 860 kilowatt-hours of electricity annually. That’s about equal to what 74 average Oregon households use in a typical year. The installation of chillers furthers our energy and the environment initiative, using sustainable technologies to provide a positive impact on our local environment and community. Watch this time-lapse video of the installation of the new chillers. The crane used in the video was originally used to move turbines and other heavy equipment when the Turbine Hall was part of a PGE power plant.

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