The video describes how the city is applying the latest in LED technology to light its streets and reduce power consumption by 50%.
Across the United States, local governments are slashing budgets, presenting significant challenges to those entrusted with providing services to the community. The city of Ann Arbor suffered a 60% reduction, spurring the search for areas to cut costs, including the city’s power consumption. Just to light the streets, the city was spending more than $1.4 million a year.
Says Andrew Brix, acting director of the city’s energy program, “We’re talking about taxpayer dollars, and the money we spent on streetlights every year was a big chunk of change.”
Rather than simply letting the streets go dark, the city embarked on a pilot program to replace its 6,600 streetlamps with energy-saving LEDs. The measured result after installing an initial 1,000 LED lights was a decrease in energy use from 120 watts per fixture to 56. As a result, says Brix, the overall bill was cut in half, and the savings are expected to pay for the replacement program in just four years.
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