As part of his Massachusetts Recovery Plan, Governor Deval Patrick announced the award of over $12 million in federal stimulus funds to help communities across Massachusetts invest in clean energy and energy efficiency projects that will reduce long-term energy costs, increase energy independence, and create jobs.
Under the grant, Hudson will receive $150,000 to increase thermal efficiency at the Hudson Public Library, a historic building built in 1905 with help from a large donation from Andrew Carnegie. While a later addition in 1967 doubled the size of the library, its oversized metal windows are single pane glass units, which are known for being the least energy efficient. The older section of the building still has woodframed windows original to the 1905 building. The project proposes the replacement of 39 metal windows and 30 wooden windows for a total of 69 new units. It is estimated that the degraded windows make up 25% to 30% of the building’s total exterior. The Department of Community Development will work with the Hudson Historic District Commission to ensure that the new windows will reflect the historic character of the district.
Hudson estimates that the Library will reduce its oil consumption by 1,500 gallons per year, and as a result, will conserve 5,800 kilowatt hours of energy. This amounts to a total reduction in green house gas emissions of nearly 40,000 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually. The Library will also see a 40% reduction in fuel costs resulting in an annual savings of $6,000, with an additional $1,000 saved per year on electricity.