Towns plans to continue decrease of energy use

In 2012, Swampscott received just over $100,000 in rebates for the energy-reduction work completed on town and school property, town officials announced earlier this month. In 2010, Swampscott was designated as one of the state’s Green Communities, due to its commitment to reducing energy use and its dependence on fossil fuels. In the two years since, the town hired contractors who completed work on projects such as weatherization, lighting retrofits, boiler work, and the installation of a new cogenerator. According to S. Peter Kane, town planner and energy efficiency manager, compared with fiscal year 2009 Swampscott’s energy use has dropped by 9 percent. As a Green Community, the goal is to reduce energy use by 20 percent by 2014.