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Washington Township officials eye energy improvement

December 07, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Thermal imaging technology is being used in Washington Township, Pa., to show municipal officials where they can improve energy efficiency.

The supervisors recently reviewed images taken by ThermoCat Inc. of Harrisburg, Pa. Various colors illustrated the outdoor temperature compared to portions of municipal buildings.

Heat is being lost most commonly around doors and the eaves, according to Carroll Sturm, chairman of the supervisors.

Of special concern is the upper portion of the police department building, he said.

"What we're going to do is take all these pictures and have the maintenance people go look at the spots closely," Sturm said.

The supervisors hope caulking and insulation will resolve most of the air transfer issues, he said.

On Monday, the supervisors unanimously agreed to pursue consortium electric rates through a program called OnDemand. Township officials learned about the electric broker through a presentation by the Pennsylvania Chambers of Commerce.

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The supervisors said they want to process a no-obligation application to join a group of entities looking to "pool" together for better electric prices. Pennsylvania's rate caps are going to be lifted at the end of 2010.

More information from OnDemand should be available in the spring, Township Manager Mike Christopher said.

Sturm said he expects other companies will come forward with similar proposals.

In other business, Christopher told the supervisors about a survey being distributed to residents on Old Forge Road and Calimer Drive. Community Development Block Grant money could be used for a sewer project in that area depending on the income information gathered from survey results, he said.

"We hope all the residents involved will be in touch with their information," Christopher said.

The Washington Township Municipal Authority would extend public sewer from the current stopping point on Old Forge Road, he said.

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