MASCOUTAH, Ill. (AP) -- A military operation specializing in mid-air refueling is getting $2.1 million in federal money to make its communications site at Scott Air Force Base in southwestern Illinois more energy efficient.
Officials say the money will be used by the 126th Air Refueling Wing to convert the building's 10-year-old heating, ventilation and air condition system to a geothermal one. That's expected to cut energy costs by 40 percent.
The upgrade also eliminates the need for a new boiler and chiller for the existing system.
The Air Force is looking to cut energy costs at its buildings by 30 percent by 2015.
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