GRBJ Awards Dave Koster as Sustainability Newsmaker of the Year
Holland, MI – January 31, 2018 — Holland Board of Public Works (HBPW) General Manager Dave Koster has been named Newsmaker of the Year in the Sustainability Business Services category by the Grand Rapids Business Journal. In an awards ceremony at Fredrick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park this morning, the publication awarded Koster for his leadership in building a sustainable, affordable and reliable energy future for the Holland community, including the development of Holland Energy Park™.
“It was an honor to receive this award today, among so many other finalists who have made an impact in West Michigan,” said Koster. “From initial outreach and engagement throughout the entire process, Holland Energy Park was truly a community-driven project.”
Koster is a long-time veteran of the Holland BPW, beginning his involvement with the organization as an intern in 1989. After graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University in 1992, Koster worked his way up through the organization, attaining a director-level position in 1999. He succeeded to the general manager position in 2011.
In this role, he has successfully led the $240 million Holland Energy Park, the first power plant to receive ISI Envision® Platinum verification. The project validates the community’s 40-year effort to achieve a sustainable energy future and reduce energy demand. From a 50 percent reduction in carbon emissions to walking trails with restored native species and refreshed wetlands, Holland Energy Park is an aspirational example for future power plants all over the world.
Tips and Myths to Protect Your Home and Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing
Worried about your pipes freezing in this frigid Michigan weather? We’ve got some tips and myths to help protect your home and prevent your pipes from freezing this winter.
1 – Most water meter and lines come into the house in a corner of the basement. Make sure there are no broken windows, cracks in walls or drafty areas by the meter and line.
2 – Insulate the meter and pipe exposed. You can use batting insulation, or foam pipe, both of which can be found at most hardware stores.
3 – For those in mobile homes, heat tape may be the best option, although not the most energy efficient.
4 - If you’re away from your home, set your thermostat no lower than 55 degrees.
While it’s true that running water doesn’t usually freeze, economically speaking, a customer will end up paying more in the long run by keeping a drip going, rather than insulating the meter and pipe properly. Caulking cracks, fixing windows and insulating are all great things homeowners can do, at a low cost, to help prevent pipes from freezing.
Oh, no! Your pipes are already frozen. What Now?
If you turn on your faucet and just a small trickle of water comes out, your pipes might be frozen. Call a licensed plumber as soon as possible.
1 – Turn off the water at your home’s main shut-off valve
Keep the faucet open so water has a better chance of flowing through the frozen area
Never try to thaw a pipe yourself
Never use electrical appliances in area of standing water
Check for other frozen pipes throughout your home
Out with the Old, In with the New: Holland BPW Offering LED Lightbulbs to Customers Who Turn In Old, Incandescent Holiday Lights for Recycling
December 2, 2016, Holland, Michigan – Holland Board of Public Works (HBPW) is offering LED lightbulbs to customers in exchange for turning in one or more strings of old, incandescent holiday lights. The strings of holiday lights will be properly recycled.
The promotion takes place two-days only in the HBPW Service Center lobby at 625 Hastings Ave. Stop by on December 8 from noon to 5 p.m. and December 9 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Customers may select either one LED PAR lightbulb or two A-line LED lightbulbs in exchange for a string of lights.
“LED holiday lights are a great way to enjoy the holiday season without breaking your energy budget,” said Deena Roberson, Holland BPW’s conservation program specialist. “It costs about 6 times less to operate LED compared to incandescent holiday lights.”
In addition to exchanging strings of holiday lights for lightbulbs on December 8 and 9, Holland BPW will be demonstrating the cost difference between LED and incandescent holiday lights and other benefits.
“LED holiday lights are cooler, longer lasting and more durable than incandescent lights,” said Roberson.
Holland BPW offers rebates for residential customers on LED bulbs. It’s not too late to apply for rebates this year. Customers can receive $5.50 back per 7W or greater bulb (ENERGY STAR certified) on up to 40 bulbs per year. Visit www.hollandbpw.com/rebates for the rebate application, keep the receipts and mail in by December 31.
For more details on the holiday LED light exchange, visit www.hollandbpw.com or www.facebook.com/hollandboardofpublicworks.
Holland Board of Public Works Celebrates Public Power Week, Oct. 2-8
September 29, 2015, Holland, Michigan – Holland Board of Public Works (HBPW) is celebrating Public Power Week, Oct. 2-8, along with more than 2,000 other community-owned, not-for-profit electric utilities that collectively provide electricity to 48 million Americans.
“Public Power Week celebrates the reliable, affordable electricity HBPW provides to our community,” said Dave Koster, general manager, HBPW. “Public Power Week gives us the chance to emphasize the advantages of locally grown, locally owned power to our citizens.”
“Our service is reliable, affordable and safe, and we take pride in serving our friends and neighbors,” said Koster.
Holland BPW invites customers to participate in a Customer Appreciation Day on Friday, October 7. Details include:
• Visit the HBPW Service Center (625 Hastings Ave.) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, October 7 for Crane’s doughnuts and cider, free LED PAR lights, a Plinko game and kid’s giveaways including plastic hard hats, stickers, coloring books, mini footballs and more.
Today, Holland BPW has 175 employees, and provides electric, water, wastewater treatment and broadband utility services to more than 28,000 business and residential customers in the Holland area.
Follow HBPW on Facebook and Twitter for daily posts about Public Power Week and visit www.hollandbpw.com for more information.