, Derry, New Hampshire

October 24, 2013

Derry library's natural gas work nearly done

By Julie Huss

---- — DERRY — Derry Public Library may save a lot of money in fuel costs, thanks to a natural gas conversion project that is nearly complete.

The plan to convert the 23,000-square-foot library’s HVAC systems from oil to natural gas began this summer.

The cost of the conversion is approximately $83,000; the money was included in the town’s fiscal year 2014 capital improvement plan.

It’s been a long-term goal for the town.

Acting Town Administrator Larry Budreau said the job is almost done and the savings will be great. The library was spending about $14,000 per year on its approximate 4,500-gallon fuel oil usage.

“Going from fuel to natural gas, (the library) could see 50 percent savings in the annual cost of fuel,” he said.

The conversion project was done in several phases, with the initial phase extending the gas main from Park Avenue, across East Broadway to the library.

Helping the library save money on energy costs is part of the town’s mission to be as energy-efficient as possible, Public Works director MIke Fowler said earlier this year.

Other town facilities are reaping benefits. Energy-saving efforts are already in use in many buildings, Fowler said, including the fire department, police station and municipal center.

When the police department went from propane to natural gas, utility bills dropped about 7 percent.

“We’ve been pretty consistent with our energy efforts,” Fowler said.

The library’s Children’s Room also underwent a massive upgrade, including rearranging shelving to make the space more family friendly. New carpet was also being installed last week.