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Smithtown libraries save thanks to energy-efficiency features

Patrons take advantage of the newly renovated Smithtown

Patrons take advantage of the newly renovated Smithtown Public Library's Nesconset branch in Nesconset. (Sept. 27, 2012) (Credit: John Dunn)

Energy-efficiency features at Smithtown’s four public library branches save about $25,000 a year, the Long Island Power Authority said last week.

The branches in Smithtown hamlet, Kings Park, Nesconset and Commack — which reopened in the past two years following a $21 million renovation — include measures such as lights activated by motion sensors, computer-programmed heating units and air conditioners, and “cool roofs” that reflect or emit, rather than absorb, light.

The features reduce the Smithtown Special Library District’s energy usage by more than 145,000 kilowatt hours annually, LIPA said in a news release. The utility also awarded the library more than $42,000 in rebates and $142,000 worth of technical assistance.

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Library director Robert Lusak said the energy efficiency improvements added to the renovation costs, but that energy savings would compensate for the added expense. "It's a win-win," he said.

The measures were installed as part of LIPA’s Efficiency Long Island program, which offers incentives and rebates to residential and commercial customers who take steps to reduce energy usage.

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