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Town engineers say energy efficient lighting could save $200K in expenses

The Riverhead Town engineering department suggested the town invest in energy efficient lighting throughout town-owned buildings, which could save the town approximately $200,000 or more in lighting expenses.

Riverhead Town Hall, the Riverhead Senior Center, the municipal garage, the police department, the highway department and street lighting would be the focus on the project.

Town engineer Drew Dillingham said at Thursday’s Town Board work session that that there would be no out-of-pocket costs, because the savings from switching to LED lights in one part of the town will pay off the cost of switching in another.

“One of the main objectives of the program is it’s self-sufficient, so whatever money we save will pay for it,” assistant town engineer Ernesto Rosini said.

The first phase of the energy project will be replacing Town Hall’s boilers hopefully by October, because the two working ones they have left require constant maintenance and are nearly unusable, Mr. Dillingham said. He said switching from a gas burner to an oil burner will save the town money as well.

Board members said they all support this endeavor.

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