LED Lights Save Falls Thousands in Energy Costs
The Falls Township Board of Supervisors have been working the last few years to switch on greater energy savings. By converting to more efficient LED fixtures throughout the township, Falls has realized an average savings of roughly $7,000 per month in energy bills in 2015 as compared to 2011.
At its most recent meeting, the board approved the purchase of 70 colonial style LED fixtures that the Public Works Department will install in the coming months, thereby completing the LED project. The last phase of the project, which was budgeted for $45,000, will cost $41,562 - more than $3,000 under budget.
The new LED fixtures will be installed on Chilton Court, Durham Court, in the Makefield Village development, Gilbert Drive, Simons Drive, Raleigh Way and Mark Anthony Court.
In 2014, Falls Township’s monthly PECO bills were approximately $27,059.81, or $324,717.72 per year. Annual maintenance charges were approximately $67,962 for total energy costs of $386,733. By comparison, the February 2016 rate of $19,949 represents a savings from December 2013 of $7,110 or $85,320 annually. With the township operating almost entirely on LED fixtures, maintenance in 2015 dropped to $1,000 – a whopping yearly savings of more than $66,000.
Based on annual electric savings and maintenance cost savings, Falls Township is expected to save roughly $151,320 each year simply by converting to much more energy efficient LED fixtures.