Dimming street lights can help council save £100,000

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A PROJECT will ensure there will be light – as well as savings – when lamps are renewed.

 Street lighting is being improved across County Durham in a bid to reduce energy and spending.

 Durham County Council says the improvements of 12,000 lamps will save more than 700 tonnes of CO2 emissions and more than £100,000 of public money per year.

 The bill for operating the lights totals £3million each year.

 The eco-saving conversions involve the installation of a web-based central management system, which allow the lights to be individually dimmed or brightened depending upon traffic and pedestrian use.

 The council says the scheme comes as part of its commitment to reducing carbon emissions and energy.

 Conversions have already taken place on more than 3,000 lights across the county and work is expected to continue until the end of March next year.

 During the work, residents will notice lights may remain permanently lit for one or two days after installation.