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October 10, 2013

Energy group continues quest for savings

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The building got exterior improvements, roof repairs, new energy-efficient windows and doors, and a more efficient boiler and radiant heat system.

Veterans Hall is using about 30 percent less energy following the renovations, Reno said.

“These are real savings,” she said.

The group also hosts a spring Solar Spring competition for local middle school students, and presents informational workshops and programs to teach residents about how to save energy in their homes.

Town Councilor Tom Cardon once headed up the energy group and said he was often frustrated that the town didn’t ask for more input when it came to energy issues.

“There were ongoing building projects that should have had some input from the energy committee,” he said. “There is no protocol as to when the Energy Environmental Advisory Committee would be involved. We always felt like we’re stepping on toes.”

Councilors hope to include the energy group in a future workshop to talk more about working together on town projects.

Reno said the group hopes to continue to work alongside the town on a more regular basis.

“We would like to continue working with town administrators and educating residents on their energy usage,” she said.

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