Energy use at 2 Milford buildings drops, cutting costs, emissions
MILFORD >> City Hall and the Parsons Government Center have received an ENERGY STAR label for operating within the top 25 percent for energy efficiency of similar facilities nationwide, while adhering to strict performance levels set by the Environmental Protection Agency.
• At City Hall, annual electricity usage has dropped by 43 percent since 2012, with a 43 percent reduction in annual energy costs and a yearly savings of nearly $22,000. Also, it produces 58 fewer metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year.
• The Parsons Government Center annual electricity usage has decreased from 1,166 megawatt-hours in 2012 to 956 in 2016, a reduction of 18 percent. The drop generated a 31 percent decrease in annual energy costs, which equates to roughly $100,000 saved per year. In addition, Parsons Government Center now produces 171 fewer metric tons of GHG emissions annually.
Buildings eligible for ENERGY STAR certification are ranked on a scale of one to 100, and must score a 75 or higher to qualify. On average, ENERGY STAR buildings use 35 percent less energy than typical buildings, and release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
On July 12, Mayor Benjamin G. Blake, city officials, members of the Milford Energy Advisory Board, representatives of the EPA and United Illuminating Co. gathered at City Hall to recognize the certification.
City Hall has reduced its site energy from 1,417 million BTU in 2012 to 806 in 2016, a 43 percent decrease.
When compared to the national median, City Hall uses 51 percent less energy than a typical administration building.
Parsons Government Center has seen a 10 percent decrease in site energy since 2012 resulting in a total of 43 percent less energy used when compared to a national median of typical administration buildings.
► “These drastic reductions were made possible thanks to a citywide commitment to manage energy strategically and make cost-effective improvements to buildings within the community, “ said Donna Wells, director of energy services at United Illuminating Co. “We are proud to have had the opportunity to work closely with Milford as they derived a strategy and showcased unwavering commitment in their quest to improve overall energy performance throughout the city.” ◄ Milford has worked with UI to use incentive money from the Energize Connecticut initiative, and on-bill municipal financing, to partake in several retrofit projects over the past few years.