Up to 80 per cent of energy costs can be saved by switching to low energy street lighting, says Lewes MP Norman Baker who is challenging East Sussex County Council to hit this target.
LED street lights are more than six times more efficient than standard streetlights. Furthermore, the nationwide savings in green house gas (CO2) emissions if lights across the UK were upgraded would result in the equivalent of taking 330,000 cars off the roads, he said.
The money saved from these changes would be massive (a predicted £200 million and would pay for itself many times over in the medium to long term.
Mr Baker has now written to the county council to challenge it to speed up efforts to make street lights greener.
The figures have been released by The Green Investment Bank; a project created by the Lib Dems in government, and show the benefits of low energy street lighting. The bank has a fund of £3.8 billion from the UK Government to invest in sustainable projects as part of a goal to create 200,000 new green jobs.
Mr Baker said: “In these tough times local authorities are always looking for ways to make savings. This is a golden opportunity to both recoup public money and build for a greener future.”