Rockland librarian Patty King with LED bulbs.
Rockland librarian Patty King with LED bulbs.
Island Institute has awarded the City of Rockland Energy Committee a $2,000 Spark! Fund grant in support of the recently adopted Rockland Climate Action Plan, a goal of which is to move the city to carbon neutrality by 2045. Grant funds have been used to purchase a thermal-scan camera (shown here) that Rockland Public Library cardholders may borrow and more than 2,000 LED lightbulbs, which will be distributed free of charge to city residents at AIO Food Pantry, 70 Thomaston Street, and at the library on Mondays. The pocket-sized infrared thermal scanner is a “high sensitivity detector that captures subtle temperature differences and thermal patterns” in order to find thermal leakage. The device will help homeowners and renters work toward creating tighter, more energy-efficient homes. Efficiency Maine, which partners with local retailers to make low-priced LED bulbs available, reports that homeowners save about $17 yearly by replacing an incandescent bulb used six hours daily with an LED bulb.