Municipal building lighting project ad explained

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RUMFORD — Town Manager Carlo Puiia has advertised in area newspapers seeking bids to upgrade existing lighting in the municipal building.

The project consists of furnishing all material, equipment, labor, tools and transportation required to remove, replace and upgrade 95 light fixtures and two occupancy sensors. Potential bidders are required to attend a site visit at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 30 for light fixture specifications.

After receiving complaints that he was just trying to beautify the building, Puiia told selectmen Thursday night that he’s actually trying to save the town money.

Puiia said Rumford applied for and won a $10,000 energy grant, which the town then coupled with a $1,000 match from the municipal government operating-capital account for the work.

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“If we change the fluorescent lighting bulbs in this building, we can potentially save $5,000 and more in electricity consumption,” he said. “It’s well worth it.”

Puiia said that in most municipal offices, the new energy efficient fixtures will pay for themselves in three years.

“However, in the police station, those lights are on 24 hours a day,” Puiia said. “Those fixtures will be paid back in one year.”

Last year, the town installed a new energy-efficient gauge in the furnace which tells the furnace when to start based on outside temperatures, Puiia said.

“We’ve already noticed a reduction in heating costs, so these are the kinds of projects we need to do,” he said. “Sometimes, it takes a little money to save on your consumption bills.”

Proposals for the municipal building lighting project must be received by 4 p.m. Friday, April 9, at the town office.

tkarkos@sunjournal.com

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