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Aspinwall's use of LEDs shines light on savings

Tawnya Panizzi
| Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, 12:57 p.m.
Aspinwall officials and residents attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the reopening of Alley A after $300,000 in upgrades.
Gary Britcher | For the Tribune-Review
Aspinwall officials and residents attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the reopening of Alley A after $300,000 in upgrades.
Alley A was closed much of the summer for a storm water project.
Tawnya Panizzi | Tribune-Review
Alley A was closed much of the summer for a storm water project.

Aspinwall taxpayers are saving about $4,500 a year since the borough switched its decorative street lamps to energy efficient LED lighting.

Secretary Dawn Eastley said more than 125 lamps with 150-watt bulbs were changed to 36-watt LEDs, or light-emitting diode, translating to hefty savings for the borough.

In the three years since the street lamps were targeted, council also has approved using LED lighting at Fountain Park and at the borough's welcome signs at either end of town.

“The town is going greener and becoming more fiscally prudent,” said Gary Britcher, an Aspinwall resident and owner of Steel City Energy Conservation LLC.

He favored the move and said the white LED lighting helps to provide greater visibility.

“The efficiency of the LEDs has reduced the energy needed to run the lights by some 70 percent,” Britcher said.

At the same time, he touted the new solar-lighted pathway in Alley A as an example of diligence by borough administration to go green.

“Everyone wanted lights in the alley, and now we have that but no electric bill,” Britcher said.

Alley A was dedicated during a grand reopening on Sept. 23 after being closed much of the summer for $300,000 in storm water upgrades.

Asphalt and brick were removed from the entire stretch of Alley A, between Brilliant and Eastern avenues, and replaced with permeable pavers that are expected to keep 150,000 gallons a year of storm water from draining into the borough's sewer system, Manager Melissa Lang-O'Malley said.

About half of the project cost was paid for with a grant from the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority, or Alcosan.

Two small rain gardens are being installed in the alley this week to further eliminate water runoff, Lang-O'Malley said.

Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for the Tribune-Review. Reach her at 412-782-2121, ext. 2, tpanizzi@tribweb.com or @tawnyatrib.

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