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Energy Upgrades at the Shoreview Library

16 February 2009

MinnPost photo by Sharon Schmickle

MinnPost photo by Sharon Schmickle

What a difference efficiency makes!  When President Obama signs the new economic stimulus package into law tomorrow, it’s going to send a lot of money into energy efficiency projects.  But what could that look like?

The Shoreview Library is a great example of the impact of energy efficiency projects for communities. Working with the Center for Energy and Environment‘s County Government Initiative (website coming soon), Erik Ennen from CEE came out to evaluate the library and found that despite the library’s attempts to update lights, there were a lot of inefficiencies that were costing the library money.  So they set out a plan to retrofit the lights and save the library money in the long run.  Overall, the project cost $20,829 – but with a combination of government incentives and energy savings, the project will pay for itself in less than three and a half years! That’s a pretty remarkable return on investment.

And, librarians report, the new lights seem to have soothed patrons.  What a win-win-win!

:: MinnPost

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