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The City of Portage is poised to increase the energy efficiency of its buildings

LED lightbulbs have replaced many incandescent ones. Now, the Trump administration wants to reverse an Obama-era rule designed to make a wide array of other lightbulbs more efficient.
LED lightbulbs have replaced many incandescent ones. Now, the Trump administration wants to reverse an Obama-era rule designed to make a wide array of other lightbulbs more efficient.

The City of Portage is poised to increase the energy efficiency of its buildings. Council members voted Tuesday on a million-dollar plan developed with energy consultant NORESCO.

The biggest cuts in electricity use will come from installing L.E.D. lights in city buildings, upgrading the thermostat at city hall and replacing old HVAC equipment at the Portage public safety building.

Acting City Manager Adam Herringa says Portage is making good on a promise to fight climate change.

“And it’s also just being good stewards as well. If there’s an opportunity for cost savings, while at the same time promoting environmental sustainability, we need to make sure take advantage of those opportunities.”

Herringa says the lighting changes alone will save Portage about $35,000 in the first year.