Penn Hills could save nearly $39,000 a year -- and recoup its investment within six years -- by installing energy-efficient boilers in its municipal buildings and retrofitting light fixtures and traffic signals with LED bulbs, according to an energy- conservation study.
The study, presented at Monday's council meeting, is a requirement for the municipality to receive $181,400 in federal stimulus funds for energy efficiency and conservation. Envinity, based in State College, was paid $15,000 from the grant to conduct the study.
"The company ... came back with a number of recommendations -- some simple, others a little more complicated -- for how we could save money by reducing the amount of energy we use," said Howard Davidson, municipal planning director. "I think it's helpful to have these guidelines available to us as we consider short- and long- term projects."
Envinity's 60-page report made recommendations ranging from turning off lights and computers when they're not in use to replacing aging boilers with energy efficient units.
The most expensive measure would be replacing a pair of boilers in the municipal building at a cost of $88,000. That project would yield an estimated yearly savings …