Americans now more than ever are pursuing green recycling initiatives to reduce unnecessary waste. The government is striving to reduce adverse environmental impact as well. Whether that be by repurposing old items for new uses or using more energy-efficient products, the government’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent in four years isn’t going to be easy, according to the New York Times.
Major U.S. metropolitan cities like New York City are working on doing so in part through bike-sharing programs. Manhattan is taking it a step further by replacing all of the island’s light bulbs with LEDs, which should expand the life of a streetlight by 14 years—eventually saving the city $14 million in maintenance and energy costs.
The pilot project for the LEDs began in 2009 in parts of Brooklyn, saving some parts of the borough 280,000 kilowatt-hours of energy. Other attractions with these long lasting light bulbs include parts of Central Park, Franklin D. Roosevelt Drive and the Eastern Parkway.
“People tend to like them,” New York City transportation commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan said in the news conference last week. “It’s clear. It’s bright. It really does a good job in providing fresher light.”
Similar to many transitions, it will take some time before it is completed. The lighting project is expected to continue in Brooklyn, Queens then the rest of Manhattan. Even though this switch will save the city millions of dollars, the initial costs are expected to be high.
Businesses that want to be more eco-friendly may not have to pay millions of dollars to implement similar plans. A slight change like using used office furnishings is actually more affordable than buying work pieces brand new. Today, you can find a used business furniture liquidator in the Bay Area ready to provide you with these products at a fraction of the cost of new.