The Town of Trumbull received a leadership award last Friday for energy efficiency upgrades to buildings and equipment, saving $259,496 annually.

Utilizing Energize Connecticut programs, available through the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund and administered by The United Illuminating Company (UI), Trumbull completed multiple energy-efficiency projects in 2012 and 2013 that included upgrades at Trumbull High School, Trumbull Police Station, Town Hall, the Senior Center and Public Works buildings.

Municipal Energy Opportunities (MEO): The Town of Trumbull utilized the Municipal Energy Opportunities (MEO) program to retrofit older equipment in existing buildings that had been functioning at an inefficient rate, and incurring unneeded expenses.

As part of the MEO program, energy experts from The United Illuminating Company perform a free energy audit and make recommendations for equipment upgrades. The MEO program provides financial incentives funded by the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund and may include low-interest financing, which Trumbull used.

Trumbull also utilized the Municipal Energy Conscious Blueprint (MECB) program for the high school renovation project. UI representatives worked with building designers to incorporate energy-efficient designs into the building plan from the outset to keep costs low and savings high. The MECB program also provides financial incentives to help offset the cost of the project.

Below is a summary of the projects:

• Trumbull made energy efficient upgrades in their police station, town hall, public works buildings and senior center and renovated Trumbull High School.

• At Trumbull High School the town built a new addition and renovated the entire school to include high efficiency rooftop HVAC units, occupancy sensors (so lights don’t remain on in unoccupied rooms) and high-efficiency lighting.

• The Public Works buildings were part of a lighting retrofit, which upgraded all of the lights from old, inefficient lights that have a shorter life span and need to be replaced more often, to newer energy-efficient lights that use less energy and save money on back stock, as they need to be replaced less often.

• A lighting retrofit was also done at the police station and a new, energy-efficient domestic hot water system was installed.

• Town Hall installed energy management systems (EMS), high-efficiency HVAC units, energy-efficient windows and occupancy sensors. The EMS ensures the HVAC units are optimized for efficient use in terms of scheduling, controls and temperature.

• Senior Center: Installed an EMS, high-efficiency HVAC system and participated in a lighting retrofit to upgrade interior and exterior lights.

According to Energize Connecticut, the total Energy Efficiency Fund incentive from these projects was $385,973 and the estimated estimated annual energy savings for the town $259,496.

Information on energy efficiency programs can be found at EnergizeCT.com or by calling 1.877.WISE.USE.