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Wilton Takes More Steps Toward Energy Efficiency

WILTON, Conn. – Three goals for energy conservation were approved by the Wilton Board of Selectmen at its meeting Monday night.

One goal includes pledging to reduce the total energy consumption in all town-owned buildings by 5 percent a year until 2015.

“It happens to be the pledge the Connecticut Clean Energy Communities program, and we are a clean energy community, is going to ask of all their towns,” said Bruce Hampson, chairman of the Energy Commission.

The other goals are to designate an energy champion in each building and a second person in each building to be in charge of monitoring energy usage.

“Those are the three key goals for this year,” Hampson said.

Selectman Jim Saxe asked whether the schools had agreed to take on the same goals as the town. Superintendent Gary Richards has endorsed the goals, Hampson said, highlighting Middlebrook Middle School and Wilton High School as being the two lowest energy-consuming buildings in town last year. The library is No. 3.

From 2008 to 2011, Hampson said, the high school reduced its electrical consumption by 24 percent, and the school system reduced fuel oil consumption by $534,000.

“And that’s what can be accomplished if you’re tracking what you’re using,” he said.

Beyond the three goals Hampson outlined, he said the commission “recommends in the strongest possible terms” the appointment of a townwide facility and energy manager.

The Board of Finance recommended a similar position several years ago, Selectman Richard Dubow said. The position is “probably long overdue,” Dubow said. Saxe agreed. “There is definitely a need for the role,” he said.

Hampson also touched on several completed projects, including changing the exterior lighting at Middlebrook to LED lights, which cuts energy and maintenance costs.

He also discussed the savings reported from changes in the Town Hall campus, including self-regulating thermostats in the annex and a boiler regulator in the firehouse.

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