Cost savings

Ritter will save money in future electricity costs with new, more efficient lights. Fred Ostrander, facility manager, made use of a rebate program available through First Energy (Ohio Edison) to get lights in various parts of the library replaced with LED bulbs. The project is being completed this month.

Ostrander said the library expects to save more than 40% on the part of the electric bill that comes from lighting, in addition to a 20% rebate from First Energy for part of the project. If electric rates stay the same, he said the project should pay for itself in less than 4 years.

A year ago, Ritter invested $2,700 to upgrade HVAC controls to make the system run more efficiently. Electricity costs in 2017 dropped by $4,006, thanks to the upgrade.

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