July 22, 2018

Shedd Aquarium looks to slice energy bill

Bob Wengel’s job at Shedd Aquarium makes your typical thermostat war seem laughable.

For him, keeping everybody comfortable means manufacturing a 2 p.m. sunset for penguins attuned to the daylight rhythms of South America. It means maintaining 3 million gallons at a cool 58 degrees for blubber-laden whales while also satisfying tiny neon fish that won’t tolerate less than 78 degrees.

“The first thing you’ve got to make sure is that your animals are happy,” said Wengel, Shedd’s vice president of facilities. “Then, your guests come next and, after that, the people who work here.”

Until now it has also meant forking over

Source: http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-0126-shedd-energy-20130126,0,7926367.story?track=rss