New Canaan Police recognized for energy efficiency
Even with a number of Town Hall employees occupying the same building, the New Canaan Police Department received a Summer Saver Bronze Award for reducing energy consumption.
The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection gave the award to 11 organizations or businesses across the state that reduced electricity demand and consumption by 5 to 10 percent last summer.
Between May and September, New Canaan police reduced demand by 5 percent and consumption by 11 percent, compared to the same period in 2012, according to Connecticut Light & Power spokesman Christina Griffin.
Superintendent of Buildings and Fleet Bill Oestmann received the award on behalf of the department at an April 22 ceremony at the State Capitol.
New Canaan police worked with CL&P to implement several energy-saving programs, Griffin said. The department reduced energy demand by about five kilowatts and consumption by more than 21,000 kilowatt hours of electricity.
Some of the energy-saving efforts the department implemented include lighting retrofit measures and the addition of motion sensing light controls. The department also installed new windows, a new insulated roof and a 15-ton heating and air-conditioning unit.
"Efficiency efforts are of special significance in summer months when reducing peak demand can help reduce the cost of power and when reducing emissions from power plants helps prevent pollution that contributes to smog and climate change," DEEP Commissioner Rob Klee said in a news release.