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Cape Breton invests in energy efficiency by hiring energy manager

December 11, 2014 - Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) is investing in energy efficiency by partnering with Efficiency Nova Scotia to hire an onsite energy manager.

December 11, 2014  By  Anthony Capkun

EfficiencyNS says this approach has helped other large organizations—including Cape Breton University and the Cape Breton District Healthy Authority—significantly lower costs and free up savings to re-invest into programs, services and equipment.

“Good energy management is key to achieving better value for money,” said Bill Murphy, manager of Buildings & Park Operations with CBRM. “Council has identified it as an important priority for the municipality, and we’re excited to get all staff involved in building some momentum around energy efficiency.”

Over the next 12 months, David Brushett will work closely with municipal staff to identify and implement energy-saving projects in more than 150 municipal buildings across CBRM. The municipality hopes to save around $300,000 per year as a result of this work.

“Energy efficiency isn’t just about reducing costs,” said Brushett. “It’s also an important part of a healthy, comfortable work environment.”


The municipality is kicking off the partnership by taking part in EfficiencyNS’s LED Holiday Light Exchange program (now in its 10th year). CBRM will host a light exchange at the Glace Bay Library on December 13th at 3 pm. Everyone is encouraged to bring in two sets of old, inefficient holiday lights for a free strand of energy-saving LED lights.

Brushett will be on-hand to help hand out lights and answer questions about his upcoming work with CBRM.

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