The Green Party of Saskatchewan (GPS) is calling for SaskPower and municipalities to switch to LEDs and better controllers for street lights.
LEDs can produce the same amount of luminance while consuming much less power and lasting much longer. LEDs cost more initially, but allow for cost recovery from energy savings and a less frequent need to replace them.
In the early morning hours, numerous street lights in Saskatchewan are on long after it is no longer dark outside. Also, in the evening hours, numerous street lights in Saskatchewan are on long before it is dark outside. This is a major waste of energy and money. The street lights should be equipped with better controllers or properly adjusted timers.
“Lighting is responsible for 19 per cent of worldwide energy consumption,” Green Party of Saskatchewan Leader Victor Lau said. “We can significantly reduce energy consumption in Saskatchewan if SaskPower and municipalities immediately switch to using LEDs and better controllers for street lights. Also, people, businesses, and other organizations should start using LEDs and timers.”
“Energy conservation doesn’t just save money,” Saskatoon Green Party of Saskatchewan Association CEO Ashu M. G. Solo said. “It results in less burning of non-renewable fossil fuels (coal, oil, and natural gas) to generate electricity. Less burning of fossil fuels leads to reduced global warming, decreased air pollution and acid rain, diminished dependence on foreign oil, and reduced harm to the environment and wildlife from obtaining fossil fuels.”