Milford, Woodbridge buildings earn Energy Star certification
Milford and Woodbridge have received plaques for their energy conservation programs.
• Milford: Milford added 14 Board of Education buildings to the Energy Star portfolio, an online tool created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to measure and track energy and water consumption, as well as greenhouse emissions. All 14 school board buildings are either eligible for or have already received Energy Star certification.
The EPA certifies as Energy Star appliances and certain categories of buildings, such as office buildings, town halls and schools. The certification means that a building is more energy efficient than 75 percent of similar structures in the same category.
Milford public schools have completed lighting and control system upgrades and Energy Management System installations. Further, there has been an effort to implement low- or no-cost ways to reduce energy.
These efforts have resulted in an annual reduction of about 24,188 MMbtu, which is equal to the energy consumed by about 242 homes. Also, the city reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 1,823 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, which produces the same results as if it removed about 377 cars from the road for one year.
These energy-conscious efforts by the Board of Education are part of an overall pledge made by the city when joining the Clean Energy Communities program in 2012 to reduce energy consumption by 20 percent and support renewable energy by 20 percent by 2018.
• Woodbridge: Town Hall, Beecher Road School and Amity Regional High School received the Energy Star certification.
The town is monitoring the energy usage at eight municipal buildings and two schools — Beecher Road School and Amity Regional High School — through Energy Star portfolio.
“Both boards of Education and school staffs should be commended for working hard to lower their schools’ energy footprints. I’d also like to thank the town’s Energy Task Force for educating residents about how to save energy at home.” said First Selectman Ellen Scalettar.
Recently, the town earned about $500,000 in incentives to complete lighting and window upgrades, as well as improvements to the chiller and boiler systems at Beecher Road School. Also, Amity Regional High School has completed lighting upgrades and is getting the benefit of the microgrid-related fuel cell that will provide heat to the building.
Altogether, Woodbridge’s efforts have resulted in an approximate annual reduction of 7,826 MMbtu, which is equal to the amount of energy used by about 78 homes. Also, the town reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 1,016 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, which produces the same results as if about 213 cars were removed from the road for one year.
Overall, Woodbridge has achieved an annual estimated energy cost savings of nearly $440,000.
Municipalities were presented with plaques by Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Robert Klee, Environmental Protection Agency environmental scientist Linda Darveau and UIL Holdings Corp. President and Chief Executive Officer Anthony Marone at a ceremony organized by United Illuminating at the Energize Connecticut Center in North Haven.
To learn more about programs offered through the Energize Connecticut initiative, visit energizect.com or call 877-WISE-USE.