Lights go out to cut costs
DARKER night skies will soon be seen across Somerset including Leigh on Mendip as street lamps in some areas are turned off and dimmed by the county council to reduce light pollution and save money.
Phase one of a three-year trial to reduce energy costs and cut light pollution has begun with street lamps in Leigh on Mendip and 11 other villages being turned off between midnight and 5.30am.
This part-night lighting will reduce energy consumption while revealing the hidden beauty of the night's sky.
Harvey Siggs, cabinet member for highways, said: "The first phase of our part-night lighting and dimming programme is now well underway with work to install the necessary equipment nearly finished."
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The county council expects to make savings of about £130,000 in energy costs and carbon tax payments during the three year trial, with further savings being made from the annual lighting budget.