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Hoboken becomes more energy efficient

Hoboken has completed the installation of energy efficient equipment at 11 municipal buildings.  The project, which used incentives from New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program, saved taxpayers more than $200,000 on the capital costs of energy efficiency upgrades and will save approximately $100,000 on energy costs each year.

Energy upgrades were installed in Hoboken City Hall, the Public Works Garage, Fire Engine Companies 1, 2, 3, and 4, the Fire Department Museum, Midtown Garage, the Ambulance Corps, and Parking Garages B, D, and G. These upgrades include LED energy efficient lighting, as well as high-efficiency heating and cooling systems.

The upgrades were recommended by energy assessments completed by Lime Energy through the Direct Install program offered by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities and New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program, which makes investments in energy efficiency upgrades for local governments.

“Hoboken is leading the way in green initiatives that not only reduce our carbon footprint and impact on our local environment, but also save energy costs and reduce the burden on taxpayers,” said Mayor Ravi Bhalla in a press release. “Promoting smarter energy policies in our city buildings while saving taxpayers $100,000 each year is a win-win for Hoboken. Thank you to the Hoboken Green Team and Director Jen Gonzalez for helping initiate these positive changes for our City.”

Hoboken also recently completed the installation of upgraded LED lighting in Church Square Park, thanks to a Sustainable Jersey Small Grant funded by The Gardinier Environmental Fund.  All lights in Church Square Park were replaced with energy efficient LED fixtures, which are superior to traditional fixtures in efficiency, lifespan, durability, and maintenance.  LED lights last four times longer than traditional fixtures and have a 100,000-hour lifespan, according to the press release.

The release also states that Hoboken residents and business owners can save energy and money by visiting www.njcleanenergy.com to learn about incentives for energy efficiency upgrades and rebates for purchasing EnergyStar appliances or recycling old refrigerators.

The city is also developing a comprehensive Climate Action Plan that outlines a path to carbon neutrality by 2027. This includes a strategy to mitigate climate change by lowering the city’s greenhouse gas emissions beyond the targets established by the Paris Climate Agreement.

For more information on this plan, visit www.hobokennj.gov/climateactionplan.

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