In 2017, the Reading Public Library began renovations to the Northeast Branch including replacing the failing HVAC system. This project not only improved indoor air quality and heating and cooling capacity, but also increased the energy efficiency of the HVAC system. This led the library, with help from the Public Works Department, to apply for an energy efficiency rebate in accordance with PA Act 129. This week the library received a rebate in the amount of $708.92.
While this rebate itself is relatively small, the library has additional renovations planned throughout its four branches. The library will continue to apply for energy efficiency rebates and use the proceeds to fuel even more efficiency work.
Increasing energy efficiency is part of the City of Reading’s larger goals to increase sustainability, reduce the City’s environmental footprint, and protect the City from rising energy costs. For as long as the state’s rebate program lasts, every new building or renovation brings an opportunity for the City to apply for and use rebates to further its sustainability goals.