Finding a way to save energy usage at the local sewage plant has added up some savings, not only in energy, but in cash, for the Town of Espanola.

A study was carried out in 2013, which determined installing a blower at the sewage plant could make it more efficient and that could add up to some savings in hydro.

In 2014, the upgrade was completed by R.V.A., an engineering and consulting firm, which estimated some 320,353 kilowatts of energy has been saved since the install.

The local Ontario Clean Water Agency also applied to Sault Ste. Marie’s PUC for energy savings incentives and between the four partners, the first cheque of nearly $27,000 in savings was presented Tuesday afternoon.

The project cost just over $148,000, but council can expect to see the payback within three years.