Energy efficiency has become a much greater priority over the past few years. We have seen the increase in popularity of solar panels and even advances in how we view our own energy consumption.

For the third time in its history, Arlington received a competitive Green Grant from the state of Massachusetts in 2014. The money went towards improvements in Ottoson Middle School and Arlington High School. The goals were to control the amount of energy being used by these buildings, keeping the rooms comfortable while ensuring that they would only be heated when occupied.

Energy Management Systems (EMS) were introduced into both of these school buildings to regulate the heating and cooling within. Ottoson Middle School received new boilers, refrigeration control systems, and more effective ventilation in the cafeteria, among other improvements.

Altogether, these changes will result in increased energy efficiency, cost savings, and moral satisfaction. By implementing these changes at Ottoson Middle School and Arlington High School, Arlington projects to save $86,000 a year in energy costs.

After talking with Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine and Ruthy Bennett, Regional Energy Manager for Arlington and Bedford, APN has gotten a glimpse into Arlington’s future plans for energy efficiency.

Arlington is again applying for a Green Grant in 2015. This time the money is targeted for improvements at Bishop Elementary School, Brackett Elementary School, and the Robbins Library. Although these plans are neither final nor confirmed at this time, APN is excited to follow the progress of Arlington’s Green Grants and our path toward increased energy efficiency.