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Eden Mills scores grant for hall

The Eden Mills Community Hall is getting help to cut the costs of its heating and cooling through a grant from Farm Credit Canada’s AgriSpirit Fund.

The fund, which provides money for capital projects to improve life in rural communities, is kicking in $15,000 toward the Eden Mills and District Community Club’s Community Hall Energy Retrofit project, a news release said.

The money will be put toward the cost of a new heating and cooling system, specifically to purchase an air-to-air pump, it said.

The pump will use less energy than the current propane furnace to heat the building and provide a more efficient cooling system in summer, it said.

The project is in keeping with the village’s pro-active stance on energy issues, initiated through the Eden Mills Going Carbon Neutral project. The Eden Mills Community Club’s intention is to lower energy requirements and the carbon footprint of the hall, in order to keep it open for future generations even as fuel prices rise, the release said.

The hall will also serve as a model of various energy-saving techniques that can be applied to homes and historical buildings.

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