At Naked City Brewery, “it doesn’t matter where you’re going or where you’ve been; all that matters is great living and great beer.” Greenwood’s neighborhood brewery lives up to that ethos, and part of great living is being good stewards of the community and the environment. That’s why owners Don, Donald, and Bryan are so excited about their energy efficiency upgrade through Community Power Works for Small Business. Says Don, “No sales pitch needed! The upgrade just made sense.”
The three owners of Naked City worked with their landlord – Dave Sharp of New Sensations – and Community Power Works contractor Advanced Energy Management to upgrade the brewery’s lighting and HVAC system. Craig Christiansen, Operations Manager of AEM, says, “It’s a win-win when tenants approach their landlords to make energy efficiency happen.” The upgrades are projected to save nearly 38,000 kWh equivalent and $2,530 on energy bills each year. Incentives and rebates from Community Power Works and Seattle City Light totaled $11,760, and Dave Sharp worked with nonprofit triple bottom line lending partner Craft3 to finance the remaining project costs with a simple, low-interest loan.
In addition to its work with small businesses, AEM delivers energy efficiency solutions to Seattle homeowners as a Community Power Works certified contractor. Recently named Northwest Ductless Heat Pump Contractor of the Year, AEM works closely with Craft3 on commercial and residential projects. Customers appreciate the availability of financing, particularly when projects include heat pumps and HVAC systems, because the loans are offset by significant energy savings. For these projects, Craft3 also helps support AEM’s and other contractors’ bottom line by providing up-front funds to cover the costs of materials and labor.
With its new Walrus Beer Garden, award-winning drafts on tap, seasonal menu, and movie theater dining room, Naked City Brewery is quickly becoming a Seattle institution. The brewery is named after a gritty 1948 film noir drama. At the end of the movie, the narrator intones, “There are eight million stories in the naked city.” In Greenwood’s Naked City, energy efficiency is one of those stories.