Governor mansion makeover expected to save taxpayer dollars

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by DREW MIKKELSEN / KING 5 News

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Posted on July 15, 2014 at 5:57 PM

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The governor's mansion is getting a makeover and the governor isn't the only one who will benefit.

According the state's Department of Enterprise Services, installing a new boiler at the mansion will end up saving taxpayers in the long run.

Demolition crews started removing 70 year old pipes from the mansion's basement Tuesday morning to make room for a boiler.

By installing a boiler in the mansion for the first time, the state expects to come up with enough savings to pay for the $785,000 project within ten years.

"It's a common sense approach," said Ron Major, the department's Resource Conservation Manager.

Since the 1920's the steam used to heat the mansion, has come from the same boiler that provides radiator steam to 13 other buildings on the campus.

As the only residence on campus, the mansion's the only place that needs steam 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Major said getting the mansion it's own boiler will prevent the state from paying to routinely make more steam than needed.

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