Hamilton, Hancock County Use State Grants to Boost Energy Efficiency

March 27, 2012

The city of Hamilton and Hancock County boosted energy efficiency thanks to a state grant. The city used $44,100 in Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant funding for new interior sidewall and ceiling insulation and sheeting/oriented strand board (OSB) installation in the public works building and installing high efficiency lighting in the water treatment plant.

"We anticipate an energy savings due to these retrofit projects in both buildings," Water and Sewer Superintendent Tim Schilson said.

He said the project resulted in a more energy efficient public works building where previously there had been air inflow and the furnace would run constantly when the temperature dropped. Despite the mild winter, there were some very cold days, and the weatherizing kept the building warmer and the furnace not running constantly. The new lighting improves safety for people working in the treatment plant as well as energy efficiency.

"These energy upgrades will result in cost savings over time and have improved the look and efficiency of the buildings," Schilson said.  Read more about this story in the March 27 edition of the Quincy Herald-Whig.