DUBLIN -- The city is casting itself in a different light to save money and energy.
City contractors this winter are replacing 3,100 Dublin sodium vapor streetlight fixtures with low-energy LED ones as part of a $7.2 million energy overhaul of city buildings, lights and other facilities.
"We are becoming a greener city," said Roger Bradley, assistant to the Dublin city manager. "This project will pay for itself."
The new bulbs also are expected to provide sharper light more similar to sunlight, making it easier for police officers to spot things amiss at night while on patrol, Bradley said
The conversion began in western Dublin in December, and crews will work eastward until finishing the city by the end of February, Dublin officials said.
The light switching is being done by Chevron Energy Solutions, which was selected by the Dublin City Council in June for the project to go green with municipal lighting and heating.
The project is expected to save $15 million over the next 25 years -- money the city can use on other priorities, city officials said.
"While the cost savings contributes to our goal of responsible fiscal stewardship," said City Manager Joni Pattillo, "the long-range benefit is the positive impact to our environment by reducing our energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions."
When preparing to switch bulbs in a neighborhood, crews will post "no parking" signs on streetlight poles. Residents
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