New lights promise energy savings

Council is making the switch to become more energy efficient.

Major light upgrades are under way at council’s Sir Albert Abbott Administration Building and Wellington Street offices, as well as the Artspace foyer and MECC dressing rooms.

Old fluorescent light tubes and halogen spotlights are being replaced with energy efficient LED tubes

Corporate Services chair Cr Ayril Paton said rising electricity costs had a major impact on council’s budget.

“Like most households, council’s power bill is impacted by the increasing cost of electricity,” he said.

“We are constantly looking for ways to become more energy efficient, not only to reduce our costs but also the impact we have on the environment.

“Replacing these lights with more energy efficient options is expected to save us about $15,000 per year.”

This is just one of many energy efficiency initiatives council has undertaken recently.

Council recently ungraded the MECC’s roof with a thermal insulation coating to reduce energy emissions.

The thermal coating is expected to save the MECC $10,000 to $15,000 a year in cooling costs and will extend the life of the roof by more than 10 years.

These projects will support 14 jobs and are part of the State Government’s $200 million Works for Queensland program.

Contact: Mackay Regional Council

Phone: 1300 MACKAY (622 529)

Published: 10 Nov 2017