City switches downtown lights to save energy

City switches downtown lights to save energy
LES HASSELL
News
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 8:42am

City crews worked last week to complete the second and final phase of replacing aging downtown lights with energy-efficient alternatives.

The steps, which will be continued as crews rework both Green and Methvin streets, are a part of a decade-long push to cut down on city energy usage prompted by state energy conservation efforts to cut emissions by five percent. Since starting the program, the city has reduced its energy usage by just less than 50 percent.

“We are continually looking for ways to reduce that cost and energy usage,” said Director of Community Services Laura Hill.

Hill said the $30,263-revamp of 53 decorative lighting fixtures on Fredonia Street came 18 months after a $29,298-upgrade of 57 decorative fixtures on Tyler Street. 

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