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Council to investigate energy efficient street lighting options

Shoalhaven City Council will apply for funding under the Australian Government’s Community Energy Efficiency Program (CEEP) to assist in upgrading the City’s street lighting to energy efficient fittings.

Current projections estimate Council will spend over $1.7 million on street lighting over the current year - equating to nearly 3,150 tonnes of carbon emissions.

By upgrading to energy efficient street lighting Council would reduce carbon emissions by an estimated 1,474 tonnes per annum, equating to a total 20 year cost saving of $3.6 million.

As part of the CEEP funding application, Council has developed a quick community survey to allow local residents the opportunity to express their views on future opportunities for energy efficient savings.

Mayor, Joanna Gash encouraged local residents to fill out the survey saying it was important that the community had their say on the future direction of Council’s energy saving practices.

“It is extremely important that Council continues to find and implement energy efficient measures to help reduce current levels of carbon emissions,” said Clr Gash.

“Council has moved to apply for funding under the CEEP program to assist in upgrading over 7,000 of the City’s 10,000 street lights to energy efficient fittings.

“This upgrade would not only bring about a 3.5 percent reduction in Council’s total annual carbon emissions it would also provide huge ongoing cost savings in future years.”

“I would certainly encourage local residents to fill out the short survey on Council’s website and show their support for future energy saving practices within the Shoalhaven.”

The short energy saving survey is located on Council’s website at www.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au.

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