Across many parts of the United States, the streetlights that help commuters get home with ease are not owned by the communities in which they live, but rather local utility companies. Because of this, prices are harder to control, the Providence Journal reported.

Control of streetlights by the National Guard has made it harder for Rhode Island residents to install energy-efficient LED light bulbs to reduce costs, but a law signed by Governor Lincoln Chafee will allow such flexibility. Despite his approved signature, the state is still working out the kinks between the utility company and community members who pay to keep these lights on.

This moves us in the direction of using a lot less energy,” Jeffery Broadhead, executive director of the Washington County Regional Planning Council, told the source. “It’s also about local control.”

Once this streetlight buying program fully rolls out, communities like North Kingstown will be able to cut a significant portion of their $375,000 in annual energy costs because streetlights account for about 40 percent of the electricity bill.

A green recycling measure like this is being implemented in New York City as well, with the early stages of the project already started in parts of Brooklyn.

Over the long haul, these initiatives provide financial benefits; however, in the beginning they create high up-front costs to local budgets before the savings begin. Aspiring startups that need to make the most of their administrative budget early on can implement their own energy efficient solutions by making incremental changes like purchasing environmental office solutions.

Choosing used commercial furniture over brand new business furniture allows business owners to maximize their limited budgets to design an office that reflects an environmentally conscious business.