The introduction of LED street lighting into Liverpool is cutting the city council’s energy bills by a bigger amount than forecast.
Following the completion of the first phase of the programme, in which 12,000 LED lights were installed in roads across the city, the energy bill has been cut by £585,000 a year, taking the bill down from £2.6m a year to just over £2m
The second phase of the programme, which involves installing a further 8,000 lights is still to be completed, meaning that further savings will be made.
It was originally anticipated that the savings would be £500,000 a year when all the lights are installed but that has been comfortably exceeded halfway through the scheme.
The new lights cost a total of £2.7m but it was always envisaged that there would be long-term savings.
As well as the financial savings there will also be a reduction in carbon emissions of approximately 1400 tonnes in each phase. On-going maintenance costs will also be reduced by more than £100,000 per year.
Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, cabinet member for regeneration and transport said: “Not only are our streets brighter but we are cutting costs by significantly more than we anticipated as well as reducing our carbon footprint – this is good news all round.”