Energy audit of Wilton Town Hall planned

WILTON – An energy audit of the Town Hall will cost $1,600, but the town’s Energy Committee told selectmen on Monday, Aug. 18, they will probably get a grant for $1,000, with the town providing the remainder.

Committee Members Mike Anderson, Allison Meltzer and Joe Broyles presented a report of their activities so far, which include an energy conference and meeting with members of the New England Grassroots Environment Foundation. The plan, Anderson said, is “to reduce the energy footprint (of the building) and save money.”

Meltzer said the audit would include total energy use, assessment of the exterior, thermographic imaging to locate heat loss, moisture control, and assessment of air quality. She said the fee includes an engineering analysis.

Other towns who have had the audit made will be consulted to see “if what you tried worked.”

Work would be done this fall when it is cooler, she said. A list of recommendations will come with the finished report.

Broyles said since work on the town hall “is on-going,” with several repairs made, “I think the audit is important. We need to know all of the components, what needs to be done first,” so that work isn’t duplicated.

The town owns five buildings, but the town hall was chosen as a beginning because of its visibility.

It was noted that the town spent about $100,000 last year on fuel oil and electricity and that “$600 to lower that” might be a good investment.

Former Selectman Ed Lamminen, visiting the board for the evening, recalled when the town hall had a coal furnace, and he shoveled coal.

The selectmen voted to support the committee in their grant application with the needed $600 “subject to availability.”