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N.H. wood pellet project to save fuel costs

A project to install wood pellet boilers in northern New Hampshire has reached out to an apartment complex in Berlin.

The Berlin Housing Authority’s Welch apartment complex expects to save $11,000 a year on heating fuel with the installation of the boilers.

The project is part of the Berlin Model Neighborhood Project, which is helping the region move away from dependence on imported oil toward a local energy source to help create jobs and strengthen the forest economy.

The Welch complex, which houses 55 elderly and disabled people, also plans to upgrade its hot water system, insulate crawl spaces, add water conservation features and program thermostats.

“The Berlin Housing Authority is leading the way in energy efficiency and their investments are helping residents lower their energy consumption and costs,” said Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, who is sponsoring a bipartisan national energy efficiency bill.

The Neighborhood Project has funded installation of the boilers in 37 homes and the St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts. It plans to complete conversions in three more homes and renovate the Notre Dame School this fall.

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