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New lights should save $17,742 on rec center’s power bill

INVESTING IN SAVINGS — County Recreation Director Jeremiah Johnston (left) and Deputy Judge Jason Back removed fluorescent bulbs from a fixture in the gymnasium ceiling at the Letcher County Recreation Center to make room for LEDs.

INVESTING IN SAVINGS — County Recreation Director Jeremiah Johnston (left) and Deputy Judge Jason Back removed fluorescent bulbs from a fixture in the gymnasium ceiling at the Letcher County Recreation Center to make room for LEDs.

Officials see a windfall in the making by changing light bulbs at the Letcher County Recreation Center.

Deputy Judge Jason Back, Recreation Director Jeremiah Johnston, and other county employees are switching out all of the old fluorescent bulbs in the center for new LEDs. Bates said an energy-savings calculator puts the savings at $17,742 a year.

The weight room alone is expected to save the county $31.93 a day, Back said.

In the process, they are recycling old fluorescent ballasts by putting them into other lights that are not yet ready to be replaced.

The lights in the gymnasium portion of the building have six bulbs in each fixture, all of which have to be changed from a hydraulic scissor-lift because they are so high up. Because there are so many bulbs, the county bought them for $6 each.

“With the rent of the scissor-lift and everything, I’m going to say we’re at less than $4,000,” Back said.

That means the county should clear more than $13,000 in savings from the installation.

Back said the county has looked at powering the building with solar eneergy, but was told that because of the arched roof, there is not enough space for solar panels to be effective.

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