Police department to get energy-saving lighting

FLINT TWP. — The Police Department aims to save money by installing energy efficient lighting similar to upgrades done in the fire stations and at the township hall.

A $7,840 project cost includes a $1,313 Consumers Energy Rebate and was unanimously approved by the township board at its March 5 meeting.

“As you are aware, our Consumer Energy bills have been high and over the past few months we have explored ways to reduce our monthly electrical bills,’’ said Police Chief George Sippert.

In 2011, the department’s lowest monthly bill was $4,394 and the highest was $5845, Sippert said, adding that he expects to recoup the township’s $6526 investment rather quickly.

Sippert said they obtained a proposal for the work from the ATI Group, which currently has the building maintenance contract at the police station.

The work calls for installation of lighting sensors throughout the twolevel building that will automatically shut off if no activity is detected in a room for a specified amount of time. The work also would involve removal of old light switches and switch covers.

Fire Chief John Ringwelski added similar work at fire stations saved about $3,500 in energy costs last year.

“I believe the money was well invested and should pay off as anticipated in a 3-5-year program,” he said.

Township Supervisor Karyn Miller requested an analysis on energy savings at the township hall be prepared for the next board meeting.

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