In their position at the forefront of the government’s renewable energy strategy, local authorities need to be seen to be embracing the use of renewable technologies. One way of meeting targets and reducing costs is to install low energy lighting.
Upgrading public buildings to energy saving compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs which use 75% less energy than standard light bulbs, produce less heat and last much longer will help local authorities to reduce their carbon footprint and lower energy costs. Any blackened, dim or flickering tubes should be replaced with ones coated with triphospor, which gives a brighter, more natural light. Installing occupancy sensors in buildings or rooms with irregular usage such as toilets or store rooms can further reduce energy bills, achieving savings of up to 30% on lighting costs.
It is also the responsibility of local authorities to reduce the cost of public lighting wherever possible without compromising security. Outdated lighting should be replaced with more suitable energy-efficient lamps and modern equipment that reduces costs while maintaining the necessary light output to ensure public safety. Current guidelines on all aspect of public lighting are available from British Standards.
By installing low energy lighting in public areas and buildings, local authorities can meet government targets and be seen to be actively lowering costs passed on to residents via taxes.