A project to reduce energy consumption at the Broome County Public Library is expected to result in significant savings.

A new system was installed to regulate the temperature inside the library on Court Street in downtown Binghamton.

Broome County Executive Debra Preston says the equipment will reduce energy bills and provide better air quality for those in the library.

Installation of the controller system began last October and was completed in May.

The project cost about $103,000. County officials say 60 percent of the work was paid for through the New York State Energy Development Authority. The county covered the rest of the tab.

Officials say tests indicated the system should reduce library heating and energy costs by more than $18,000 annually.

Preston said the county Office of Energy Development worked with Sure Temp Company of Binghamton on the project.

The system may be installed in other county-operated buildings in the future.

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