Douglas County Commission to consider city partnership for energy-saving upgrades

Douglas County commissioners will consider on Wednesday three items related to energy saving, starting with a cost-sharing arrangement with the city of Lawrence that will make $1.76 million in improvements to the Community Health Building.

In a report to commissioners, Eileen Horn, director of the Lawrence-Douglas Sustainability Department, said the building at 200 Maine St., which houses the Douglas County Health Department, Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center and the Visiting Nurses Association, is in need of a new chiller for its air-conditioning system, a boiler replacement for its heating system and a new roof.

Horn reports that the city plans to make the improvements this year and finance the work through its involvement with a Kansas Corporation Commission Energy Division loan program, which allows the financing of energy-saving projects from the money they save. The Community Health Building’s energy-saving improvements and those at other city-owned facilities were identified by 360 Energy Engineers of Lawrence. If you are trying to save energy in your home then check out these tips at money saving expert energy.

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