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Release: Mayor Cools Down High Heating Costs

The following is a press release submitted by Mayor Ben Blake's office.

On nights, weekends and other non-traditional office times, Mayor Ben Blake often returns to City Hall to focus on work when the building is unoccupied and not in active use. 

“It seemed no matter what time I came back to the office, the building was always fully heated,” Blake said. “I know in my house we turn the thermostat down in the evening or when no one will be home in order to save on heating costs. I expect at least the same in our city buildings.”

Blake discovered that not only , but all city buildings were being heated to an average of 72 degrees, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. “I looked at improving this less-than-efficient system as an opportunity to drive waste out of City Government,” Blake said.  He cited the Parson’s Government Center as an example of fuel inefficiency, “the Parson’s Building burns thirty-five gallons of fuel an hour.”

Blake met with the City Building Superintendent and set down a directive: have all city buildings on programmable thermostats or energy conservation mechanisms within two weeks.

This includes the , City Hall, the Fowler Memorial Building, West Shore Recreation Center, Margaret Egan Center, the Board of Health Building, Fannie Beach, Stern Hall, and the .

The efforts have already made considerable progress. “We’ve already purchased fifteen programmable thermostats through our energy management account and have begun installing them,” Blake said.

“I appreciate the teamwork we have seen with Public Works partnering on the effort and helping to drive us toward success.” While definite cost savings numbers are not yet available, it is expected that Blake’s program will save the City tens of thousands of dollars in heating and cooling costs over the next year.

Rich Smith February 01, 2012 at 11:19 AM
This is the common sense stuff makes a big difference to the bottom line and to fundamental conservation. Nice job Mayor Blake.
Douglas Sharafanowich February 01, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Bravo! A good, practical approach. However, while it will make a difference in the the amount of fuel being burnt, I expect that a lot of the savings will be eaten up in the higher fuel costs that are coming our way. Example: The $0.25 increase per gallon in the price of gasoline over the past month.
Oscar February 01, 2012 at 01:13 PM
You will save money and use less energy if you look at the insulation. Upgrade that and then you will see. I saved $700 a year on fuel by installing new windows. That is where the biggest problems are.
lisa sullivan February 01, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Fantastic job such a simple answer to true waste, just a suggestion, but I hope all the computers thru out the city are being shut down or can be put on power strips to save on electricity
Juniormints February 01, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Common sense!
Juniormints February 01, 2012 at 01:21 PM
That's the most reasonable thing I have heard of lately from an elected official! Bravo!
RONALD M GOLDWYN February 01, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Rich Smith, It is not for the first time that I agree with you. Now get the BOE to do the same.
Juniormints February 01, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Eliminate waste!
Bill February 01, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Good work Mayor Blake. More of the same and you will be able to reinforce your campaign comments re how you helped lower property taxes a couple of years ago. Given Milford's very sizable grand list, plus efficiencies in running city government that you will continue to seek out, I am looking forward to a reduction in my property taxes this year.
Robin Swan February 01, 2012 at 05:56 PM
72 degrees during the day? Workers will feel better and more productive if they're not working in sauna like conditions. I almost fainted during the inaugural at the Parsons Center it was so warm. Turning off the lights and computers at night are so easy, yet few do it. Keep up the good work Mayor Blake.
Maryellen Schoonmaker February 01, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Way to go Mayor Blake, you would think that we would have already had all this implemented. What a waste of energy. You are doing a great job keep up the good work. Thank you.
Amy February 02, 2012 at 05:40 PM
I totally agree! Schools are just as bad. Many teachers actually open the windows in winter because it's so hot. My kids go to school in t-shirts all year long.

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