Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino and Councilwoman Michele Johnson announced that taxpayers will save $1.4 million through the installation of energy efficient light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs and fixtures at its Town Hall facilities. The Town recently completed the conversion of bulbs to LEDs in Massapequa’s Town Hall South and is currently converting both buildings at Town Hall North in Oyster Bay.
Supervisor Saladino stated, “The Town of Oyster Bay is deeply committed to lowering energy costs and saving taxpayer’s money through the conversion of bulbs to LEDs. Fixtures and bulbs in Town Hall South are now energy efficient and will help save a more than a half million dollars. In the months ahead we will be installing the same type of lighting in Town Hall North in Oyster Bay up this savings to $1.4 million.”
Over the past several months, more than 240 bulbs and 680 lighting fixtures were converted to LED in Town Hall South. Material costs for the project were fully-funded by PSE&G Long Island. This conversion is anticipated to save taxpayers a minimum of $686,000 over the life expectancy of the new LED bulbs.
Councilwoman Johnson stated, “The Town has placed a premium on efficiency and affordability with respect to its lighting at both its offices and outdoor venues. We want energy efficient lighting solutions that provide the highest quality light and cost efficiency. This new lighting system provides us long-term durability, which means less maintenance and stock.”
With the LED project complete at Town Hall South, the Department of General Services began converting 365 fixtures and 138 bulbs to LEDs in office space at 74 Audrey Avenue in Oyster Bay. Once completed in March, the department will begin converting hundreds of bulbs and fixtures lighting at 54 Audrey Avenue in Oyster Bay. Material costs for these projects at Town Hall North will also be fully-funded by PSE&G Long Island.
In addition to energy efficiency and savings achieved at Town facilities, the Town of Oyster Bay Highway Department has saved millions of dollars by replacing bulbs on State, County and Town roadways as well as bridge underpasses and parking lots. The Town maintains 21,036 lighting fixtures. The Saladino administration has committed to replace 1,200 bulbs annually, and will no longer utilize high pressure or low pressure sodium bulbs on roadways by 2024.
LEDs are extremely energy efficient and consume up to 90% less power than older bulbs. Since LEDs use only a fraction of the energy there is a dramatic decrease in power costs. Also, money and energy is saved in maintenance and replacement costs due to the long LED lifespan. Among the benefits these lights provide include light disbursement with optimal uniformity and quicker on/off capabilities. The lights are also eco-friendly and will result in a reduction of CO2 emissions.