Lincolnshire County Council installs new lighting system in a bid to cut bills

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TO save cash, Lincolnshire County Council has installed a new lighting system at its headquarters.

The local authority hopes to save £28,000 a year, paying back the £165,000 investment in six years.

Just over £33,570 was invested by the county council, with the remaining cash coming from Salix, an independent energy-efficiency match funding pot.

The daylight-sensitive light system was fully installed at the Lincoln headquarters in just under a year.

It will additionally reduce the authority’s carbon emissions by 125 tonnes each year as they turn themselves off when a room is empty or there is no movement. The lights also have built in infra-red and microwave sensors that respond to daylight and adjust accordingly.

Councillor Eddy Poll, executive member for economic development, said: “At Lincolnshire County Council, we have been looking carefully at our energy usage and carbon impacts and are keen to lead by example in limiting our impacts on the environment.

“This fantastic technology will really help us to do so. It is also another way for us to guarantee future cost-savings, which is particularly important during the current financial climate.”

The county council has set itself a target of reducing CO2 emissions by 20 per cent by 2012.