Energy upgrade cuts food company's CO2 emission

EUGENE, Ore. - 50,000 gallons.

That's how much water GloryBee Foods uses per month.

"It's quite a bit of water," said Alan Turanski with GloryBee.

Now they're able to cut down the amount of energy they use thanks to a new piece of equipment: the  thermal heater.

"We feel like it's our obligation to be good stewards of our resources," Turanski said, "and part of that is leading by example."

The solar panels heat the fluid.

Then the heat from that fluid is transferred to the water in this tank

"What they are going to be doing with that water is using it for pressure washing and other clean materials for manufacturing purposes," said consultant Justin Wilbur.

If all goes according to plan, GloryBee reduced its CO2 emission by 25 tons - the equivalent of 55,000 miles not driven.

"Anytime you can get rid of natural gas and try to get off the oils and things like that, it's always a better solution," Wilbur said.

GloryBee received a grant from the Energy Trust of Oregon.

Their incentive is motivating businesses to become more sustainable.

"We can do better. We can be smarter," Turanski said. "All of us have a lot to learn."