A new innovation at the Putnamville Correctional Facility is saving Indiana tax payers over a million dollars.
Instead of heating the facility with fuel, they're using a bio mass wood boiler. Depending on the time of year, it saves $27,000-$90,000 a month. The correctional facility uses scrap wood from pallets and grinds it down into wood chips. The wood chips get carried into the wood boiler to be used for fuel. Ash that falls to the bottom of the boiler is taken out and used in the facility's compost. Construction Services says the boiler will continue to bring more savings.
"This is only one of the projects that we have done. The entire project over its 10 year life span saves 52.7 million dollars. That's our guaranteed savings from our partners at Johnson Control,” IDOC Construction Services Kevin Orme said.
Orme also says it has created more offender jobs.