Truro to put buildings under energy microscope

Jason Malloy
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TRURO - Truro now has the money to study how to make its buildings more energy efficient.
The town received $10,000 yesterday, through the province's ecoNova Scotia Fund for Clean Air and Climate Change, to do audits on 13 town-owned buildings, including the civic building, fire hall and police station.
"This will help the town better understand how it's using its energy and where the best opportunities exist for cutting its energy use and cost," said Truro-Bible Hill MLA Lenore Zann. "This is just the first step to cutting greenhouse gas and air emissions."
Mayor Bill Mills said it reduces costs while being more environmentally friendly.
"It's a perfect fit," he said. "If there's ways to take advantage of it, we're going to be there."
The town will gather the information about where savings can be made and then apply for funding to complete the work.
Last year, the town committed to reducing its energy use at town hall by 20 per cent in a two-year period.
"With this energy audit, they're going to meet and exceed that, the Town of Truro, by looking at all of their major buildings and looking for efficiency opportunities," said Mark Austin, a Living Earth Council member and Cool Truro co-ordinator.
The town is exploring other ways to reduce energy and save money. Two of the projects it is exploring are replacing streetlights along Queen Street with energy efficient LED lights as well as small wind turbines atop Young Street in the watershed area to power the water treatment plant.
An energy audit has already been done for Colchester Legion Stadium and some of those recommendations, which Mills said show "substantial" savings can be realized, are expected to be implemented in phase two of the renovations.
The town is also looking at the potential for a clean energy heating system to extend the season at the Victoria Park swimming pool.
Yesterday's announcement was part of a larger commitment for projects in central and northern Nova Scotia. Funding was approved for five projects totalling $132,000 through the ecoNova Scotia Fund for Clean Air and Climate Change.
Energy audits will also be done in the Town of Antigonish and the Municipality of the County of Victoria.
Municipalities are eligible to receive 80 per cent of funding up to $10,000 to complete an inventory and audit.
Westville is receiving $43,602 for an energy retrofit of its police and fire departments while Fairwyn Developments Ltd. will receive $60,963 to design and install a large storage capacity solar hot water system.

Organizations: Scotia Fund for Clean Air, Fairwyn Developments

Geographic location: Queen Street, Young Street, Colchester Legion Stadium Victoria Park Northern Nova Scotia Antigonish Victoria

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