Energy savings now up in lights

Hume is in the midst of a project that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 3,600 tonnes per year, which is equivalent to removing 900 cars from the road.

Council is replacing 9,000 street lights in residential streets with T5 fluorescent lights, and has almost finished upgrades at sports and community centres to help make energy use more efficient.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Adem Atmaca, said that 70 per cent of the new T5 street lights had been fitted across the municipality and the rest were scheduled to be completed by August.

“Many of our streets will be brighter because the T5 tubes offer a more even spread of light, and that will make roads and footpaths easier to navigate,” Cr Atmaca said.

“Each T5 light uses one-third of the energy of existing lights, which means we’ll save on our power bills.

“Council is keen to lead by example and play our part in the battle against climate change.”

Hume commenced the $3.4 million Lighting the Way project in 2013, assisted by $1.9 million in funding from the Australian Government.

Cr Atmaca said that energy-efficiency upgrades have occurred at six Council sites.

“We have enhanced the lighting at the Broadmeadows Netball and Basketball Stadium, and the Craigieburn Leisure Centre Sports Stadium,” he said.

“Council has insulated the ceiling and skylight at the Meadow Heights Community Centre in Buchan Street, to make the rooms more comfortable in both winter and summer.

“The upgrades have provided the Broadmeadows Aquatic and Leisure Centre with pool blankets and variable speed drives for pool pumps.

“The Sunbury Aquatic and Leisure Centre has benefited from the program too, thanks to new lights at the gym and variable speed drives for the pool pumps.

“And in December, we’ll enhance a seventh Council building when we improve the lighting at the Boardman Stadium in Sunbury.”

As part of the Lighting the Way project, Hume City Council has also coordinated free community workshops that help residents to save electricity and gas at home.

Cr Atmaca called on everyone to consider how they could reduce their own energy bills.

“When it comes to saving energy at home, small steps can make a very big difference over time,” he said.

“People who swap their incandescent globes to compact fluorescent lights, and replace halogen downlights with LEDs, can save considerable energy.

“Switch off appliances at the wall, because electronic devices in stand-by mode still use electricity.

“Only start the washing machine and dish-washer when you have a full load, and try to use the clothesline instead of the dryer, whenever possible.

“Check that your home is well-insulated and only warm the rooms you wish to use, as that should help reduce your winter heating costs.”

More information about Council’s Live Green workshops is here.

Visit here for details about how to use energy more efficiently.

Updated : 9:01 AM, 13 July 2015

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