NORWALK, Conn. – Energy efficiency upgrades to City Hall’s lighting and heating systems are well along and well worth it, said John Kydes, chairman of the Mayor’s Energy and Environment Task Force, who invited reporters Friday to a news conference and tour of the building to see some of the improvements.
“The end result exceeded my expectations,” said Kydes. “We have dramatically reduced City Hall’s energy costs with little out-of-pocket expense, which is key to any municipality.”
Kydes, who’s also a Democratic councilman representing District C, said he hopes the energy savings in City Hall encourage Norwalk property owners to pursue similar improvements, noting incentives and no interest loans are available for such purposes.
Mayor Harry W. Rilling said energy conservation “helps Norwalk go green, let’s us be a better inhabitant of our planet, which we all have to be in order to reduce our carbon footprint.”
A news release Kydes distributed says the reduction in electric consumption due to more efficient lighting fixtures is estimated to result in a cost savings of approximately 50 percent, amounting to $50,000 a year.
The project also will receive $160,772 in incentive funds from Connecticut Light & Power, as well as a zero percent CL&P conservation loan to be paid back through reduced consumption of electricity.
Since last November, City Hall has been heated by three high-efficiency, gas-fired, condensing boilers rated at 96 percent efficiency, the news release says. These replaced two boilers that were installed when the former Norwalk High School building was rebuilt to serve as City Hall in 1986.
The changeover to the new boilers cost around $280,000, and received a comprehensive incentive grant from Yankee Gas of $60,000.
The boilers are projected to result in an annual savings of more than $30,000 due to reduced gas consumption.
City Hall’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems are now also jointly controlled by a computer monitoring system that enables them to be overseen and adjusted remotely.