Council may dim public lights to cut energy bills
A COUNCIL is considering dimming public lights from dusk to dawn in order to reduce its escalating annual electricity bill.
Donegal County Council said it was exploring a number of possibilities, including solar and turbine power as well as energy-efficient bulbs and lamps.
"However, many of these require capital investment which we are unable to provide at the moment," a spokesperson said.
Following a Freedom of Information (FOI) request, the council revealed it has spent €4.43m on running its 13,800 public lights around the county in the past three years alone.
The annual running costs, which include maintenance and energy costs, have almost doubled from €720,000 back in 2004. That figure is expected to increase to around €1.8m this year, or about €130 per light.