Efficiency focuses on police station

The town’s Energy Commission will issue a request for work proposals this week to contract with an illumination engineer, in an effort to reduce future electricity use at the police station on Main Street.

The project will be the first of a three-part initiative, which also aims to improve fuel consumption at Ingalls Memorial Library on Main Street, as well as both electric and fuel consumption at the town offices on Payson Hill Road, according to Energy Commission Chair Pat Martin.

In March, voters approved, 641 Yes to 337 No, a warrant article for $17,300 for energy efficiency upgrades at the three municipal buildings in the center of town.

“We looked at the police station and it seems to us to be very over lit,” Martin said at a May 29 Select Board meeting, where she explained the impetus for the Energy Commission’s request. “In that small building, there are 54 florescent lights.”

Police Chief Frank Morrill told Martin and the Select Board that he supports the project and looks forward to working with the Energy Commission on improving the police station’s electricity use.

Martin recommended infrared sensors, designed to detect movement at the police station, and to turn lights on when they are needed. She noted that lighting comprises 40 percent of the total electricity use at that building.

— by Alyssa Dandrea

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