Energy Commission lays out roadmap for improving efficiency
“What we’re looking to do is really to bring Bedford into the next level in terms of how do we treat our energy consumption and everything around it as a town, but also as a community,” Conservation Chairman Robert Grogan said on Friday.
The town’s existing recycling program, Grogan said, is “one that we feel that we can improve.
The project will be a collaborative effort with the Hillsborough County Area Renewable Energy Initiative, and will be built with donated solar cells and recycled computer monitors from the landfill. The digital signs will display recycling statistics and benefits to taxpayers, and will not cost the town anything, Grogan said.
The commission wants to improve its social media presence, Grogan said, to maximize engagement with the community.
“There really is an active conversation going on (about) efficiency and energy intelligence in the town,” he said. “It’s not all about saving energy; it can also be about producing energy, about saving money for the taxpayers. And so we really want to get a very well-branded message out to the community.”
Grogan said that the city of Lowell, Mass., has installed a large number of solar cells at its landfill and is a good example of what Bedford would like to accomplish. He also said the commissioners met with the chairman of the Hollis Energy Commission and were impressed by what that group had done in their community
Grogan also said Bedford would work with Solarize New Hampshire, a new initiative that aims to increase the number of residential solar panels.
“It’s important to us to utilize the media well,” he said. “We think that’s one of our best tools, because it doesn’t really require any funding.”
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