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Genet boiler

High-efficiency hot water heater boilers at Genet Elementary School.

East Greenbush Central School District received rebates totaling $287,753 from National Grid thanks to installing energy-efficient equipment during the last capital project. Some of the projects included new boilers; lighting; and heating, ventilation and air conditioning controls.

“This is one of the benefits to replacing old, outdated equipment with new, energy-efficient models,” said Facilities Director Brian Craft, who worked with National Grid representatives to submit the rebate applications.

The District received the last of the rebate checks earlier this school year.

“These incentives provide needed funding,” said National Grid Regional Executive Laurie Poltynski. “Schools are especially important to the vitality of our communities. This support not only aids student learning outcomes but also saves money on energy costs. National Grid is in the energy business, but it’s important to use that energy as efficiently as possible.”

The District has included more energy-efficient initiatives, such as new windows and domestic hot water systems, in the capital project that was approved by voters in May.

“This kind of work makes sense from the financial perspective, but also in our efforts to be environmentally friendly,” Mr. Craft said.