Bayard, Nebraska, Apr 22, 2011 -- Garfield County in Burwell, NE was presented with a plaque today from USDA Rural Development Nebraska State Director Maxine Moul and staff, in honor of Earth Day, for securing the funding needed to acquire a more efficient heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) unit for the Garfield County Library. The Library serves more than 1,900 rural residents.
"We are very grateful for the new HVAC system that was installed with the help of the USDA Rural Development grant that Garfield County received and the money that was donated by our organization. The new HVAC units will help our library decrease the utility costs therefore allowing the library to use more of the budget towards new books," said President Jerryl Rowse, Friends of the Library.
“Rural Development is pleased to assist the Library in the purchase of their HVAC unit. Conserving energy is part of what Earth Day is about, making this a perfect example to highlight,” said Moul.
On April 18, Agriculture Secretary Vilsack announced support for projects to improve the environment in rural communities. This announcement kicked off a week of events highlighting the annual Earth Day observation on April 22.
USDA Rural Development provided $8,610 leveraged with $13,051 from Garfield County and $13,989 from the Friends of the Garfield County Library to replace the old heating and cooling units with a more efficient HVAC system consisting of three new 13 SEER Frigidaire air conditioners and heat pumps with backup heaters. A two and one-half ton heat pump with 10 kilowatt (KW) backup heat was installed in the South end. A five ton heat pump with five KW backup heat was installed in the mid-section and a three and one-half ton heat pump with 15KW backup heat was installed in the North end. The improvements will help the overall budget of the Library through the energy savings.
Funding was provided through the USDA Rural Development Community Facility Grant program. For more information contact Mary Gambill at (402) 387-2242 ext. 112.