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Elyria, Ohio, is getting a little greener.  Mayor William M. Grace recently confirmed that staff will replace traditional traffic lights with 288 energy-efficient LEDs (light-emitting diodes), saving the town energy and money. “We are definitely doing this, we are going to switch out all the traffic lights in town,” Elyria’s mayor says.

Replacing light bulbs with LEDs will mean substantial savings. That’s because these small, solid bulbs can last up to 10 times longer than traditional lights and require considerably less energy.

“This gives us the opportunity to change, we expect to realize considerable savings,” the mayor says.

Elyria was recently awarded $535,500 in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Energy. About $19,000 of the grant money went towards the purchase the LEDs, and they expect to save $9,400 each year. It's a small investment with a big impact, explains Mayor Grace, ”our goal is minimal expense with sizable return.”

Mayor Grace says the LEDs will benefit both the city and its residents, “It also will provide an example to our residents of energy-saving measures that they can incorporate in their own homes.”