A U.S. Department of Energy grant that was received by the city of Quincy, Illinois, in 2010 will now be used to help with energy efficiency projects at three government owner buildings. Some of the additions will help to lower the operating costs for the structures, as radiant heaters and a new air conditioning system will be installed, the Quincy Herald-Whig reported.
The program was directed to help the city use federal money to install energy efficient technology that would help cut long term energy costs for the local government. Since there was an expiration date on the funding, Quincy officials decided to move forward with the project, according to the news source.
"If we don't use the money, we lose it, and there has been hardly any action regarding the revolving loan," Alderman Paul Havermale told the Herald-Whig.
The radiant heating system will be one of the first installations into the buildings, as the large open spaces will be warmed by the energy efficient technology.
A radiant heating system works well in places with large spaces, as the technology helps to distribute the heat more evenly than a conventional heater. The temperature difference between the floor and ceiling is minimized when this system is used.
This technology can also help to limit the energy costs for a building, as the radiant nature of the product allows for the heat to be kept at a lower temperature without sacrificing the comfort of people who are in the area. Because of the way that the heat radiates around the room, much like the feeling of warmth that the sun provides, lower temperatures can feel warmer to individuals.