Blankets are helping save Washington County Hospital and Clinics around 30-thousand dollars a year. These aren’t your normal blankets though. Daryl Bunting with Iowa insulation installed the blankets on mechanical equipment in the hospital’s boiler room. The upfront cost of the project was nearly $80,000, which is expected to be recovered in less than two years. The insulation blankets were installed as part of an energy audit conducted by Alliant Energy. In addition to the annual savings, Alliant has also given WCHC a nearly $23,000 grant for following the recommendations of the audit.