Volusia County will install a new revolving door at its DeLand library branch. The total cost for the project will be $93,000.
The branch currently has sliding glass doors, and each time they open, air conditioning, energy and your tax dollars go rushing out, officials say. County Library Director Lucinda Colee tells me a thousand people go through the doors each day.
"Revolving door systems tend to be about 8 times more energy efficient than sliding doors."
What the county could not say was how much money it will save, or how long it will take the County to recoup the 93 thousand dollar investment. County Chairman Jason Davis says the County will invest in items that will save money in the long run.
"It comes out of the general fund. It's one of the public services that we do. We have to take care of this business, take care of that particular public building, and that's what we are here to do."
Lucinda Colee tells FOX 35, each time the sliding glass doors open, humidity also enters the library, and that is not good for the books.
"Because they just absorb all that moisture, and you know it can lead to mold and mildew, and even rippling if there's a lot of humidity, and it basically destroys the materials over a period of time."
Deltona's library branch has the revolving doors, and they tell us it has saved energy costs there. We went to that branch and watched more than half of the patrons use the regular doors, instead of the revolving door.
The $93,000 price tag is not only for a single door. The county must also install federally compliant regular doors for the disabled.