, Kingston, NH

Letters to the Editor

March 7, 2013

Support Sandown Energy Commission

Please Vote Yes to Warrant Article #19 for an Energy Efficiency Project at the Sandown Rail Road Depot.

The Sandown Depot was constructed in 1874 by the Worcester/Nashua Rail Road, serving as a train depot for 60 years. This 1000sq-ft historic structure provided a home to the town’s Highway Dept building, Post Office, and Fire Dept. Today, the Depot is the Historical Society’s museum and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Inside is a collection of irreplaceable items from Sandown’s past. This includes tools, weapons, clothing, uniforms, scrap books, photographs, writings, and general curiosities that link us to our past. Many of the items are frail, yet kept in tact through the care of dedicated members of the Historical Society. It’s your museum.

Currently, this is the most expensive town building to heat with an average annual cost of $3,100/year. The Sandown Local Energy Commission (SLEC) and the Historical Society developed a comprehensive plan to reduce heating fuel consumption by 15%.

According to the NH Office of Energy and Planning, the most efficient use of building insulation dollars is the A, B, C approach. Attic, Basement, and Center (Walls and Windows). Our plan focuses on insulating the Attic. Home Heat Loss calculations that we have performed show this approach achieves our 15% goal.

The SLEC looked at seven different types of insulation products, installation techniques and their respective cost. The attic’s unique construction causes traditional fiberglass batting to not be the best choice due to the extensive labor required. Our approach utilizes modern rigid foam which will both seal and insulate the building.

The $3,500 will seal and insulate, and upgrade attic’s the electrical system. Also the SLEC will use volunteers to remove the current insulation, clean the area and reconstruct the attic scuttle hole all helping to save you money. This project will be accomplished with minimal impact to the museum and its artifacts.

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