LANESBOROUGH -- A new energy cost-saver involves upgrades for the town’s three primary buildings.
Selectmen this week voted to allow Universal Electric Co. to go to work inside Town Hall, Lanesborough Police Department and Lanesborough Highway Department come next month.
Anticipated work includes replacement of light bulbs with more energy efficient models, added insulation and the installation of motion detectors and programmable thermostats.
Town Administrator Paul Sieloff pursued the initiative in partnership with Western Mass Electric Company, who contracts with Universal.
"It should create some nice savings and more modern town spaces," Sieloff said.
The upgrades are expected to cost roughly $14,000, minus incentives provided by WMECO.
Given an expected payback of $4,500 annually, the work should have paid for itself within two-and-a-half years, Sieloff estimates.
The new motion detectors and programmable thermostats will allow the town’s buildings to reduce energy usage automatically when no one is around.
The WMECO program is a relatively new one, Sieloff said, and he encouraged other towns to call up the company and see about following in Lanesborough’s wake.
"They told us we were one of the first towns trying to participate," Sieloff said. "It’s interesting because, though their an electric company, [WMECO] takes into account both electric and non-electrical forms of energy conservation with this program."
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