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Now is the time to strike to save energy costs

To date, it is very likely that for many of us, we have been fortunate that air condition usage, if at all, has been minimal at best.

So far, as we near the official start of summer next week, the extremely hot weather has not been a constant thing.

Normally in our house, the AC’s have been in the windows for a few weeks by now. The nighttime air is usually much stuffier and without those units pumping cooler air, the sleeping arrangements at home would be less than ideal.

But to date, we have muddled through. Which means that others likely have as well.

But this is Western New York. The weather can change on a dime and the dark, dreery, rainy day weather with highs in the 60s can almost instantly turn to the 90s in a heartbeat.

Right now the Town of Hamburg is looking at those costs and listened to presentations Monday from John Ludtka, president of New Wave Energy Corporation, and Kevin Clough, energy consultant from EnergyMark, LLC.

They give the town options to serve as third party firms that could give the town the same services at a lower cost.

The month of June is almost half over. Summer vacation will start at the end of next week, and somewhere along the line, we are due for a string of hot days.

Hamburg Town Supervisor Steven Walters agreed that the time to strike is sooner than later.

As the town faces increases in several costs, including pensions, the town needs to find ways to save money.

What better time than now to reduce utility costs to the town? Now that we are leaving one of the slower times of the year for heat and electric, this is the time to strike. As we are on the verge of a spike in electric costs, and months away from heat costs rising in the fall and winter.

Kudos to Walters for working with these companies to find ways to save taxpayers money.

We look forward to seeing what decisions are made in regards to the utilities for the Town of Hamburg. Every bit of savings help, especially as costs continue to rise.

• The Sun would like to extend our congratulations to the Hamburg Varsity Girls’ Softball team, who won its first state title over the weekend.

It is always a sense of pride to be able to refer to the Bulldogs as a state champion, and for current students and alumni, we are proud of your accomplishments.

Coverage on the championship begins on Page 1 this week and continues into The Sun’s sports section.

This is a great memory that will last a lifetime and we couldn’t be happier to have this in the news.

• In keeping with the good news for athletes from local high schools, this past weekend will also provide a special memory for Frontier graduate Garrett Cortright.

The pitcher, currently a junior at Canisius College, was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 40th round of the 2013 Major League Baseball draft.

Cortright has a long ways to go before he steps onto the mound at Camden Yards in Baltimore, but getting drafted is the first major step.

The Sun would like to congratulate Cortright and his family for being selected by the Orioles, and we wish you the very best in your career.

• It was nice to see the streets of Hamburg filled with bicycles this past weekend with the return of Hamburg Bike Race Weekend, after a one-year absence.

With the increase in the number of activities for people in the Southtowns, it was nice to see that this newer tradition in Hamburg came back, and we wish organizers the best in seeing that it continues to be something we look forward to every year when the calendar turns to June.


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