The conversion to LED lighting in oro-Medonte beings this week. Nearly 800 streetlights will be changed, reducing energy consumption by 58 per cent and maintenance costs by 80 per cent. The total project would result in annual savings of approximately $80,000, translating to about $750,000 in savings over this lifecycle compared to the existing streetlights. In addition to being energy and cost efficient, LEDs provide a clean directional light that shines downward onto the road where it is needed, reducing light pollution and making everything easier to see. “We are excited to begin the installation of the new light fixtures. The Township continues to focus on reducing its environmental footprint by better understanding and managing its energy consumption. The streetlight conversion project is another step in this direction,” said Shawn Binns, Director, Operations and Community Services, Township of Oro-Medonte. “The conversion will lower greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 25 metric tons per year, the equivalent of the carbon removed by nearly 650 tree seedlings grown for 10 years,” he said.