Mayor launches Light Years Ahead project

Published Friday, 31st July 2015

A changeover to LED street lighting has begun across Fairfield City, a move that will shed a “greener” light on the streets and save the community millions of dollars in electricity bills.

Fairfield City Council will replace in excess of 1,180 lights (more than 7% of the total lights) in 11 suburbs – Bonnyrigg Heights, Bossley Park, Canley Heights, Canley Vale, Edensor Park, Greenfield Park, Prairiewood, Smithfield, St Johns Park, Wakeley and Wetherill Park.

For Fairfield City ratepayers, the estimated saving over a period of 20 years is about $2.1 million and 6,480 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions. The emissions savings are equivalent to lighting 8,100 Australian homes, heating and cooling more than 3,200 homes, or taking more than 1,500 cars off the road each year.

The project received funding from the Australian Government.

“Fairfield City Council considers Light Years Ahead to be a great opportunity to expand on what Council has already achieved in terms of being ‘green’,” Mayor of Fairfield City Frank Carbone said while launching the project on Thursday (30 July).

“Last year, for example, we installed 396 solar panels on the roof of our administration building in Wakeley. The panels have a total generating capacity of 99kW, or enough to power 16 average households.

“The other eight participant councils in the Light Years Ahead project are on the same page. We will all continue to look to ways to work together to extend the work we have started.”

As well as changing to LED street lights, the Light Years Ahead project is helping residents to find energy savings in their homes.

Staff from the project team will attend community events throughout Western Sydney in the coming year, including Cabramatta Moon Festival on Sunday 27 September.

The event booth will have a number of props and displays, including a model house, pool pump demonstration and examples of common household lighting.

Residents will be able to enter a competition to win a home energy savings kit, which includes a shower head, water saving devices, light globes, door and window seals and much more. There will be a colouring competition for children, again, with prizes on offer.

Visit the Light Years Ahead website at http://lightyearsahead.com.au/energy-tips/ for more energy saving tips.

Energy savings tips for the home

  • Saving energy in the home doesn’t have to be expensive.
  • The price of energy-efficient household lights has come down in recent years as LED technology has improved.
  • Draught seals for windows and doors are a fast way to prevent heated or cooled air escaping from living spaces.
  • Awnings, shutters and blinds can make a difference in summer months.
  • Close curtains, blinds and other window furnishings at night to prevent heat loss through glass windows.
  • Use a bathroom exhaust fan with in-built heating lamp rather than stay longer in the shower to warm up.
  • A four-minute shower timer can reduce water and energy usage by 40 per cent.

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