Hoboken officials are boasting up to $300,000 in savings after completing energy efficient upgrades at 11 municipal buildings throughout the city.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
This comprehensive project, which used incentives from New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program, saved taxpayers more than $200,000 on the capital costs of energy efficiency upgrades and will save approximately $100,000 on energy costs each year.
“Hoboken is leading the way in green initiatives that not only reduces our carbon footprint and impact on our local environment, but also saves energy costs and reduces the burden on taxpayers,” Mayor Ravi Bhalla said in a statement.
“Promoting smarter energy policies in our City buildings while saving taxpayers $100,000 each year is a win-win for Hoboken. Thank you to the Hoboken Green Team and Director Jen Gonzalez for helping initiate these positive changes for our City.”
Energy upgrades were installed in City Hall, the Public Works Garage, Fire Engine Companies 1, 2, and 3, the Fire Exempt Hall/Fire Department Museum, Midtown Garage, Fire Engine Company 4, the Ambulance Corps and Parking Garages B, D, and G.
These upgrades include LED energy efficient lighting, as well as high-efficiency heating and cooling systems.
The upgrades were recommended by energy assessments completed by Lime Energy through the Direct Install program offered by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities and New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program, which makes investments in energy efficiency upgrades for local governments.
Furthermore, Hoboken also recently completed the installation of upgraded LED lighting in Church Square Park thanks to a Sustainable Jersey Small Grant funded by The Gardinier Environmental Fund.
All lights in Church Square Park were replaced with energy efficient LED fixtures, and are superior to traditional fixtures in efficiency, lifespan, durability, and maintenance.
LED lights last four times longer than traditional fixtures and have a 100,000 hour life span.
Hoboken residents and business owners can save energy and money by visiting www.njcleanenergy.com to learn about incentives for energy efficiency upgrades, and rebates for purchasing EnergyStar appliances or recycling old refrigerators.