LED bulb replacement expected to save Madison City Schools $200 thousand per year

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MADISON, Ala. - Madison City Schools leaders are being proactive about looking for ways to cut back on expenses. One project going on right now that's designed to do just that.

Monday meant the start of a new week and a new effort to save money for Madison City Schools.

Superintendent Dee Fowler said, "As things get tighter an tighter, we have to look for ways to cut money, and one of the ways we`re looking to cut is with our energy consumption."

The LED light bulb replacement project is underway. The change is happening in all of the schools and outside lighting. Fowler said it will save the system money in many ways.

"The great thing about this is will be a $500 thousand expenditure for the board. TVA will help us with this project and give us a $100 thousand  and the whole project will be paid back with energy savings within two years," he said.

And the bulbs will last a long time. So long, in fact, Fowler said, "I don`t think hardly anyone working in Madison City Schools will be around to change those bulbs. Those bulbs last well over 20 years."

Right now, Director of Operations Patrick Conner said the school system has a hefty electricity bill -- to the tune of $2 million per year.

"This should save us about $200 thousand a year, or 10 percent of our overall electrical bill," Conner said.

In addition to lowering the electricity bill, Conner said the project will save on maintenance costs, give them more time to check equipment for upgrades, and find other ways to conserve energy.