Springfield Invests in Energy Savings for Schools(SPRINGFIELD, Mass.) (WGGB)–The city of Springfield is investing millions of dollars for energy improvements at schools and municipal buildings.
The latest investment comes from a ten million dollar bond approved by the city council.
Springfield has a number of old schools.
Among them is the Kensington International School built more than 100 years ago.
Its heating system was upgraded in 1962, but now more than 50 years later it’s time for a new heating system,”They’re from the 1960’s and they’re H.B. Smith, we expect to put an H.B. Smith boiler back in here they’re made right in Westfield Mass.
A new heating system which is smaller and more energy-efficient like the one at the Warner School in Springfield for example is expected to save hundreds of thousands of dollars each year,”This is huge for us, our average building and this is symptomatic of most urban centers over 50 years old so we have to re-invest in our buildings,” says School Supt. Daniel Warwick.
Supt. Warwick says the city’s investment in its school buildings is a win-win for the community,”These infrastructure projects when you take older schools like a Kensington , we’re to put new windows in, we put new doors in, now putting new furnaces in, going to be more energy-efficient, we’ll save a couple of hundred thousand dollars as year to heat but more importantly have a building that’s more conducive to learning,” says Supt. Warwick.
The Kensington International School isn’t the only school where the upgrades will be taking place, the 10-million dollar investment includes 22 city and school buildings that will get new boilers and energy improvements.