Council has bright idea on light bulbs
THE soon-to-be Douglas Shire Council building has gone green, changing to ecofriendly lighting and saving around $20,000 per year in electricity prices. That is the equivalent of taking six average households off the electricity grid per- manently. After receiving a federal grant, Cairns Regional Council has cut its energy consumption by 20 per cent at four of its highest-use facilities, the Mossman administration centre, Spence Street centre, Martyn Street Depot and the Smithfield pool - a saving of $120,000 a year. Council’s Sustainability Coordinator Maree Grenfell said they aim to reduce their carbon greenhouse gas emissions by 50 per cent by 2020 and thanks to this funding, they are on their way to achieving their goal and reducing their impact on the environment. ‘‘The capital works budget is always a bit competitive so this is one sweep of actions to work on the big project, made possible by funding,’’ she said.