Energy Efficiency Program to be implemented in Gonzales

Darian Graivshark

Light bills can be relatively costly, so many of us are constantly searching for ways to save on these costs.

Recently, Gonzales received an Energy Efficiency Grant to help reduce the money that is spent on energy on lighting.

"There is new lighting in our city hall already. Soon, there will be new traffic lights. All of these improvements, but at zero cost to our city," Mayor Barney Arceneaux said.

The zero cost to our city is thanks to the grant on behalf of the Louisiana Public Service Commission. The funds disbursed come to a grand total of $678,209.79 dollars.

New lights will be put into many city buildings, for example, the Civic Center, Firehouses, or the Public Safety Building. In about a month, citizens will see changes to the street lights after the old ones are replaced. They will be brighter, cleaner, and more vibrant.

Commissioner Eric Skrmetta is excited to support the energy program.

"I hope in the future we can help other parts of Ascension," Skrmetta said. "Our focus is to improve the quality of life for our citizens."

The company that will be helping with the installation of these lights is Brilliant Efficiencies, and will also be working with the city and companies like Entergy.

Bert Carson, Regional Vice President of Brilliant Efficiencies, said, "The implementation of this program is projected to help buildings save 65-70% on their lighting costs once their old lights have been replaced. In about 10 years, the city will enjoy around $1 million dollars in energy savings total."

What allows these lights to create such a significant savings on cost is that they are LED lights instead of fluorescent lights.

"The new lights we have installed here already make everything look nice and new," Scot Byrd, Gonzales City Clerk said.

The city will see about $81 million dollars in savings from traffic light replacements alone. This means the city can put this money towards other improvements within Gonzales.

"Brighter days are ahead for Gonzales," Mayor Arceneaux said.

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