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Brunswick Council accepts money for energy efficiency


BRUNSWICK –– City Council passed a resolution Monday to allow the service department to again accept the Energized Community Grant for 2019 from the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council.

This money will allow the city to use some of the proceeds for current energy projects and save the rest for larger projects geared toward energy efficiency plans in city-owned buildings.

“Year one, which was last year, we got about $124,000. We did doors and windows (at) fire station No. 1 and we are doing about $68,000 in HVAC controls,” Service Director Paul Barnett said. “We are trying to automate our control systems. Our consultant tells us we will be able to save a tremendous amount of utility costs if we do that.”

This year, the city will be getting $121,444 from NOPEC, which will be used to continue with an HVAC project at City Hall and the police station.

“We anticipate about the same grant next year,” Barnett said.

“So, at that point, using what we didn’t use last year and what we aren’t going to use this year, we should have enough to replace the HVAC on the police station and on this building (City Hall). All of the upgrades that we are doing on the system now will still be in effect.”

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