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Energy Efficiency Program Pays Off For Sandy Springs

The city received an $18,446 rebate from Georgia Power as part of its Commercial Energy Efficiency Program.

Credit: Patch file
Credit: Patch file
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Sandy Springs City Hall is shining a little greener these days. The city recently replaced existing lighting with light emitting diode (LED) fixtures. In addition to anticipated energy efficiency savings, the city has received an $18,446 rebate from Georgia Power as part of its Commercial Energy Efficiency Program.

“We challenged the staff to be innovative in thinking about efficiencies and savings for the city," said Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul. "This small change will save the city money in the long term through lower utility bills, as well as contribute to our commitment as a Green Community."

In May, more than 2,500 florescent tubes were replaced with LED lighting throughout Building 500, which houses Sandy Springs City Hall. The upgrade included 639 - T12 fluorescent fixtures with LED lamps, 70 - T8 fluorescent fixtures with LED lamps and a retrofit of 32 exit signs to LED fixtures.

In addition, 100 occupancy sensors were installed in offices and break room areas. Energy savings (kWh) for the city is estimated at 540,520 with energy consumption savings (kW - power) estimated at 105.672.

In 2012, the city retrofit 135 decorative pedestrian lights in the Main Street Overlay District utilizing Energy Efficiency Community Block Grant Funds. The LED lamps lowered energy usage by approximately 50 percent, saving thecCity approximately $12,000 over traditional lighting. 

Sandy Springs plans to continue with its retrofit program, with the Police Department next up for the LED change.

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