Published DateOSSIPEE — The county nursing home's two new wood-pellet boilers have been running smoothly for the last three weeks, said the facility's maintenance supervisor on Wednesday.
The wood-pellet boilers have been controversial because lawmakers have accused county commissioners of overpaying for the installation by about $375,000. The dispute delayed installation by months. The delay was costly because the nursing home had to heat with propane over the winter, and that is more expensive.
Mountain View Community maintenance supervisor Bob Murray said using wood pellets will reduce heating costs by 40 percent or about $60,000.
The larger of the boilers generates 1.7 million BTUs of heat, and the smaller boiler can generate a million BTUs. The boilers are located in the old nursing home, and the heat is piped underground into the new nursing home.