City Council Votes To Use 'Greener' LED Bulbs 4-19-2011 - WNEM TV 5

City Council Votes To Use 'Greener' LED Bulbs 4-19-2011

The city of Saginaw is going even greener, thanks to some federal stimulus money.
The City Council has approved a federal contract to do business with a Mid-Michigan company. The city said the contract will eventually save taxpayer dollars.
"That’s a good idea, we need to support that,” said Saginaw resident Channing Washington. “That'd break down a lot of stuff, then we could have a lot more energy to go around, we need that."
Washington is a Saginaw resident who is pleased to hear Saginaw City Hall, the police station and main firehouse will all add light-emitting diode technology to reduce energy usage. For example, the lights in City Hall will soon be a lot more efficient.
It's all thanks to a $289,000 stimulus funded contract with Fenton-based Tri-Master Inc. The green technology will replace traditional lighting, and crews will also convert streetlights to use the LED technology.
Other Saginaw residents TV5 talked with also give the green contract the thumbs up. "If they work, then whatever works to make the energy lesser, then that's a good thing," said resident Dellana Hillard.
Going green means more than buying curlicue lights. Some city employees are working hard to make their city more environmentally friendly.
The second annual Go Green Initiative attracted folks to the city council meeting room Tuesday. They get the word out to other employees about ways to save energy and recycle.
"We did have a recycling pickup in the city,” said Tyrone Harge. “We don't have that now, so now we have to come up with other ways in order to get the citizens and employees more excited about recycling, about energy efficiency."
And this new energy contract definitely has folks like Channing Washington excited about going green. "So far, everything's coming around, the city's starting to come back," said Washington.
TV5 tried several times to find out an estimate on how much the city will save thanks to the new energy-efficiency contracts, but we couldn't get a hold of the city department head who would have that information.
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