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East Riding of Yorkshire Council has made an energy saving of more than 510,000 units so far in 2012/13 as part of street lighting changes that will reduce carbon emissions and lower costs.

The street lighting programme aims to replace all the East Riding’s old, low-pressure orange lights with fluorescent white lights and has already seen 90 per cent of all large orange lighting in the area replaced, 50 per cent of all medium orange lighting and 75 per cent golden lights.

Most of the major traffic routes in Beverley have been relit and the council has also completed the relighting of Howden Spur.

The council has also replaced approximately 1500 small orange lights in Beverley, Willerby, Woodmansey, Kirk Ella, West Ella, Tickton, Dunswell and Molescroft and have replaced 90 per cent of footpath lighting in Stamford Bridge to LED lights as well as converting approximately 300 sign lights to LED in various areas.

Councillor Chris Matthews, cabinet portfolio holder for infrastructure, highways and emergency planning, said: “The street lighting programme is a major investment by the council, which will hopefully see the removal of all low-pressure sodium lights within the next four to five years.

“Switching the lighting will save the council an estimated 25 to 30 per cent on energy consumption over the investment period and will also help achieve our objective of a 34 per cent carbon reduction before 2020.

“The works carried out so far this year has saved the council 510,000 units and puts the authority well on track to achieving its estimated target of 750,000 units.”

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