Light fantastic in Javea, Costa Blanca

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STREETLIGHTING: Javea town hall has reduced its bills. Photo credit: Javea town hall

JAVEA has cut its electricity bills for street lighting by more than 60% over the last 10 years. In 2018, the municipality had 171 contracts with power companies that cost the town hall €230,533. Last year the services department signed 15 new contracts but succeeded in reducing its energy outlay to €212,576 for an overall consumption of 1,556,336KWH, a reduction equivalent to the amount of electricity used by 32 standard Spanish homes. In contrast, the town hall spent €549,000 on municipal lighting in 2011, 61% more than it is paying now.

Services councillor Kika Mata explained that these savings were made thanks to careful scrutiny of town hall contracts, adjusting the capacity of meters and switching to LED lighting. On average, 2019 saw savings of 15% for each installation with a 70% reduction in 2011. Continuing the town hall’s policies of energy efficiency, the town hall intends to renew streetlights in Avenida del Puerto and the streets surrounding the Arenal school. This should cost an estimated €37,000 that will be subsidised by the provincial council, the Diputacion, Mata revealed. There are also plans to improve the street lighting in La Guardia Park and the La Guardia road.

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