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Moretown Energy Group (MEG) chair Karen Horn presented recommendations from an energy audit of municipal buildings to Moretown Select Board members at their November 1 meeting.
Energy audits of the town clerk's office, fire station and library were completed and include recommendations to reduce energy and utility costs as well as the carbon footprints of the aforementioned buildings.
The recommendations were prepared by Building Energy under contract with
the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission (CVRPC) this past
The proposal to implement the energy-efficiency recommendations is organized by building. In the town clerk's office, MEG recommends that the attic and walls be insulated and gaps be sealed, as well as air sealing in the main part of the building.
The total cost of implementing the recommendations in the town clerk's office would be $5,680 with an anticipated energy savings of 36 percent in heating costs.
Among the most significant improvements listed for the fire station are the insulation of the foundation at a cost of $8,500, eave wall sealing and wind wash blocking, entry door adjustment, garage door adjustment and general air sealing.
The total cost of improving energy efficiency would be $16,450 with an anticipated 70 percent savings in heating costs.
At the Moretown library, MEG recommended air sealing the attic, insulating with dense pack cellulose in the slanted ceiling cavity, foam spraying in the basement, general air sealing and further insulating when remodeling. The total cost of the project would be $7,230 and would save plus or minus 70 percent in heating costs.
According to Horn, CVRPC will have some funding from the Federal Department of Energy; currently Moretown is expected to be eligible for approximately $5,000 to assist with weather stripping, insulating and air sealing. Funds will be distributed to member towns on a per capita basis.
In the proposal addressed to the town, MEG committee members recommend "completing energy saving recommendations for the town offices first using funding that will be available from the regional commission as a starting point. It is likely that patrons of the library could fund raise to complete recommendations related to the building. We have not approached them about that yet."
It continues, "MEG committee members also recommend tracking the savings realized in heat and electricity costs from improvements that are made in one building and then setting aside that amount of money to invest in subsequent weatherization or energy efficiency efforts. In that way, the investment could be used multiple times to make improvement in municipal facilities."