The City of Laurel is cutting energy costs

The City of Laurel is cutting energy costs
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LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - The City of Laurel is cutting energy costs by starting an energy efficiency project. This project will renew and enhance many city buildings.

With a few changes the city is projecting to save more than one million dollars.  Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee says the project could save the city millions in energy expenses.

"It's projected to save us about $1.2 million in energy costs," Magee said.

Flipping switches and cutting lights will contribute to the city's new plan to shred costs.

"We are wrapping the buildings in an envelop which means that we are sealing all the cracks," Magee said. "We are changing the light switches to switches that will turn off lights if no one is in the building."

City business is housed in many of the historic buildings that capture the eye of many in the city of Laurel. But, those remarkable buildings with grand detail and one of a kind fixtures can cost a pretty penny when being used.

Mayor Johnny Magee said a consulting team has outlined how some simple changes will attribute to lower city bills.

"We are changing the thermostats in all the buildings that the city owns," Magee said. "We are changing heating and cooling units in different buildings. We are changing lighting inside and out to LED lighting which saves money."

This is reducing the city's utility costs by at least 20 percent.

"We are also doing some different phone lines," Magee said. "We are going to voice over IP which is an internet based phone service which also should save a bundle of money."

Mayor Magee said work is starting to take shape in the buildings, and it will be much cooler inside as the summer months approach.

"It's hard to keep them heated and cooled, but after this is finished it should it should be much, much better," Magee said.

According to the consulting company, this renewal will generate $2.85 million in capital savings.