Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Milford mayor announces energy savings

In Mayor Ben Blake's state of the city address he touted energy savings including turning off lights in the Parsons Government Center and turning down the thermostat. Well he also spoke about not having ball fields lit when its raining or when not in use, and to that end the mayor announced the following.



MILFORD-- Mayor Benjamin G. Blake announced that Milford has purchased and installed a lighting control system to monitor and manage the recreational lighting at Washington Field.  No longer will you see empty softball fields lit-up during a rainstorm,” Blake said. 

The reliable, cost-effective system helps control, monitor and manage recreational field lighting.  The system provides flexible control and reliable operation, and it monitors system performance reducing maintenance costs.  But the most unique feature is that the system can be controlled remotely by computer or phone which allows the lights to be operated on more efficient basis resulting in savings.

According to Director of Recreation, Paul Piscitelli “this system will give us the ability to turn the lights off early, when inclement weather cancels games during the course of the night, eliminating those instances when the lights are on and no games are being played.”

The system, which was purchased with funds from the Federal Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant, and at no cost to taxpayers, will result in annual electricity savings of approximately $1,650.  In addition to the energy reductions, the ability to control the field’s lighting schedules from the internet, email, phone, or fax, will reduce staff costs for the City. 

Milford plans to expand this program to better control all of our outdoor Recreational lighting including the lights at Fowler Field and Eisenhower tennis courts. 

A demonstration of this technology will be held at Washington Field on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 4:00 p.m.  All are invited to attend.

This information was submitted via a press release from Blake's office. 

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