Sydney shows how to make energy savings

There are a lot of innovative ways in which households can save on power - with some being more straightforward than others!

The City of Sydney has taken one of these simple steps and applied it on a wide scale - and it's getting results.

What kind of lighting does your household or office use? Because the City of Sydney has rolled out over 2,600 LED efficient lights in the past 16 months, and this has cut electricity costs by $300,000 - that's more than a 25 per cent reduction in usage. That sounds like a pretty good prospect considering current electricity prices, right?

Now the NSW government has followed suit after seeing such great results, and plans to install LED lights across 41 councils in Sydney, the Central Coast and the Hunter region. The City of Sydney itself has a three year plan for LED lights to replace 6,448 old, less efficient lights in the area.

Despite the fact that LED lights use less power, they actually generate a brighter light than that of conventional street lights. The city even conducted a survey of the public, and this found that over 90 per cent of those surveyed thought the new lighting was more appealing, with 75 per cent of respondents saying they improved visibility.

"LED lights have already cut energy consumption by our street and park lights by 27.6 per cent and stopped 1,547 tonnes of carbon emissions from going into the atmosphere," said Sydney Mayor Clover Moore.

"This saving benefits the City financially, but it also helps make Sydney a cleaner, greener place for all."

According to Ms Moore, the City's LED scheme will in the future generate up to $800,000 annually in savings on power bills as well as maintenance costs. On top of this, the lighting's carbon emissions will be reduced by over 40 per cent. This is significant progress for an area which traditionally has used up a lot of lights - 22,000 illuminate the parks and streets of Sydney.

Why not replace some - or all - of your home lighting with LEDs? It's a simple switch to make and as the City of Sydney has shown, it pays dividends in the long run for both your budget and the environment.

Posted by Charlie Moore