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East Hampton Town eyes tracking municipal building energy use

The East Hampton Town Board is to vote Thursday on a law that would require the town to track municipal buildings’ energy performance in an effort to reduce pollution.

Under the law, the town could collect data on the energy usage of all municipal buildings 1,000 square feet or larger and compare their energy performance to other buildings. The data will help the town work to “better insulate” buildings and cut costs from wasted energy, Councilman Peter Van Scoyoc said.

“It reduces our carbon footprint and saves us money,” Van Scoyoc said at a Feb. 16 public hearing on the law.

Supervisor Larry Cantwell said the law would fit with the town’s goal of eliminating its fossil fuel use by 2030.

The law could also make the town eligible for a state Climate Smart grant of up to $100,000 that could fund other green efforts, such as replacing gasoline engines in the town’s fleet of cars and getting more energy-saving light bulbs, Van Scoyoc said.

Residents at the public hearing supported the law, noting that setting a benchmark for building energy usage is an important step in helping the environment.

“We hope it’s the beginning of a new era in town,” East Hampton resident and architect Bill Chaleff said at the hearing.

— RACHELLE BLIDNER

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