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Tilton looking to build Energy Committee

November 17, 2010
TILTON — With a Recycling Committee well established, Selectman Norm Boudreau is now stepping up efforts to create an active Energy Committee in Tilton.

An Energy Committee was technically established via Town Meeting vote a few years ago, but it never came to fruition. Boudreau, the driving force behind the Recycling Committee, is now looking for some help in his efforts to reduce Tilton's energy consumption.

"I've kind of taken up the charge of looking for ways to save energy," Boudreau said.

In the past couple years, Boudreau has orchestrated an energy walk through of Town Hall and the Highway Department building, which has resulted in changes in lighting to reduce electricity usage and save money. Boudreau said Tilton has also recently gotten a boost in energy savings from joining together with Northfield, Belmont, and Winnisquam and Shaker Regional School Districts to get its electricity from Halifax American, an energy reseller.

Now, Boudreau is hoping to find a handful of people to serve on an Energy Committee. The committee would be tasked with performing a more in-depth study of the town's energy consumption.

"So far we have focused on electricity, but we also heat our buildings with gas and/or oil," Boudreau said.

Boudreau said one goal might include doing a full energy audit, but the committee would have more time to research the best possibilities. He said there are several local and nationwide organizations that the committee could work with that focus on energy savings, and members might have the opportunity to attend conferences as well. A committee could also pursue grants that he doesn't have time to find or apply for on his own.

Boudreau pointed out that it was only through the work of the Sanbornton Energy Committee that the biomass plant at Winnisquam came about.

Anyone interested in being on the Tilton Energy Committee can contact Town Administrator Joyce Fulweiler at Town Hall. Boudreau said he's looking for people who are dedicated to reducing energy consumption, both for the environment and for cost savings.

"They should have a passion about saving energy from an ecological point of view," he said. "When you save energy, you save money and reduce taxes."

Varney Smith
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