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Town Hall burns through a lot of money for heating
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Posted on December 01 2011, 9:37am by Mark Esper in Local News category
But consultant says a lot of easy things can cut those costs dramatically
The Town of Silverton can expect to pay more than $18,000 a year just to heat Town Hall since switching to two high-efficiency propane furnaces this year, according to an energy consultant.
That compares to an annual coal bill closer to $5,000. The old coal-fired boiler at Town Hall failed last year.
But Greg Dubit, executive director of Four Corners Office for Resource Efficiency, said there are “a lot of easy things to correct” that can lower the Town Hall heating costs by as much as one-third.
And the Town Council’s building and grounds committee will take up those recommendations at a 5 p.m. meeting today, Thursday, Dec. 1.
Dubit said an audit of Town Hall conducted recently found the new boilers steaming along at 83 percent efficiency, which is considered quite good.
But “heated air is just going right out” of the 103-year-old Town Hall.


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