In an effort to cut its energy bill, which comes to almost $140,000 a year, the South Hills Country Club, West Covina, Calif., recently installed a series of controls in its new $7 million clubhouse.

The controls, supplied by Abbotly Technologies, were installed on the larger A/C and refrigeration units to reduce energy consumption. The country club also implemented off peak charging of the golf cars and better monitoring of usage patterns. A two-week performance test found that the new controls will reduce A/C- and refrigeration-related expenses by an estimated 19% and reduce compressor run time by 38% while maintaining room temperature conditions.

The California Energy Commission will be providing 100% financing for the cost to install the Abbotly system with a 5-year 4% loan.