How many council workers does it take to change a light bulb?

Rod Teale with Sandi Middleton checking out the new Depot lights.
Rod Teale with Sandi Middleton checking out the new Depot lights.

TWO Byron Shire Council workers have changd some light bulbs - and made a difference while they were at it.

One sustainability officer and a workshop team leader have worked together to change 177 fittings and reduce the council building's CO2 emissions by a solid 27 tonnes.

Byron Shire Council's sustainability officer Sandi Middleton said in looking for opportunities to reduce council's carbon foot print, the council depot had been in her sights for a while.

"From a walk around the building with the Byron depot workshop team leader, Rod Teale, it was quickly identified that a lighting upgrade had significant potential for genuine savings,” she said.

"From an initial outlay of $23,500 the payback period is just over two years and the return on investment over the life of the lighting fittings is over $200,000.”.

Mayor Simon Richardson said it was an impressive outcome and had the same impact of removing 9 cars from the road, or the equivalent of energy use in 12 homes over a year.

"Plus, we have the added benefit of investing the savings back into Council's revolving energy fund and further grow our energy savings and reduce our emissions,” he said.

"Potential next projects include the energy upgrades at community halls, Sandhills Childcare Centre and sports field lighting.

"Setup over five years ago, the revolving energy fund has produced some great outcomes for energy efficiency savings since it first started with solar at the Brunswick Valley Community Centre.”

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