Senator Fonfara says cost-saving improvements at Butler-McCook House set an example for all historic sites
State Senator John W. Fonfara (D-Hartford), who is co-chairman of the legislature’s Energy and Technology Committee, today joined Congressman John. B Larson (D-1st District), Harford Mayor Pedro E. Segarra, Connecticut Landmarks’ Executive Director Sheryl N. Hack and others at a ground- breaking ceremony at the Butler-McCook House & Garden in Hartford to celebrate the installation of a new closed-loop geothermal heating system at the Connecticut Landmarks’ Hartford Campus.
This geothermal system—in which shallow wells are drilled to extract geothermal energy from the ground—will replace the existing, inefficient heating and cooling systems and will save Connecticut Landmarks an estimated $3,833 per year in energy costs at the Butler-McCook House & Main Street History Center.
The new system will also replace a non-code compliant system in the Amos Bull House, which is attached to the Butler-McCook Carriage House, thereby providing additional energy savings.
“This new project is a perfect example of how energy-efficiency improvements can help cut costs for businesses, homes and non-profit organizations alike,” Sen. Fonfara said. “This project will serve as a beacon for other non-profits and institutions important to our community who want to use modern technology to protect and maintain pieces of our past and our history.’’
“As a member of the House Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, I believe that ending our dependence on foreign oil is one of our most important challenges,” Congressman Larson said. “We must invest and build these new sources of energy right here in America. In order to do that, we need efforts from organizations like Connecticut Landmarks to lead the way.”
“Hartford is one of America’s oldest cities but it is always looking to be on the cutting edge of energy efficiency,” Mayor Segarra said. “Through our school building projects and other renovations and retrofitting, the City is looking to be environmentally responsible and sustainable as part of our ‘One City, One Plan’ for conservation and development.”
The Connecticut Landmarks’ campus—which includes the Butler-McCook House & Garden, the Amos Bull House and the Main Street History Center—has received a $120,000 grant from the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism to complete the geothermal HVAC renovations. This $120,000 grant is being matched by an additional $120,000 from the William and Alice Mortensen Foundation.
Eight geothermal wells and related equipment will be installed to support heating and cooling needs for the Hartford site’s multiple buildings; Energy Star-certified equipment will also be placed on the property as a backup. Connecticut Landmarks’ offices will be relocated into the Amos Bull house after the renovations are complete.
“Installation of this system is evidence of our commitment to create a new 21st century model for sustainable historic preservation,” said Connecticut Landmarks’ Executive Director Sheryl N. Hack.
Connecticut Landmarks is a statewide private nonprofit organization that owns and operates a dozen historic properties across Connecticut, including the Butler-McCook House. The organization seeks to spread knowledge and appreciation for Connecticut history through its museums and collections.
For more information about Connecticut Landmarks and its work, please visit: http://www.ctlandmarks.org.