U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Weatherization & Intergovernmental Program
Brighter Lights, Safer Streets
May 15, 2012
Thanks to support from an Energy Department Recovery Act grant, Washington, DC streets are becoming brighter. These energy efficiency upgrades are saving energy and saving taxpayer dollars in the long run – but most importantly this means better lighting and safer neighborhoods for the nation’s capital. This week, Washington, DC completed its recent effort to install 1,360 light emitting-diode (LED) streetlights across the city. District officials estimate the upgrade will save approximately $59,000 in energy costs every year in addition to the reduced maintenance and replacement costs. The new lights will also cut greenhouse gas emissions by 719 tons. For the complete story, see the May 15 edition of the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Blog.