PUNTA GORDA, Fla. - It's your money, and Punta Gorda is trying to save you some by going more green. Leaders are working with an engineering company to identify ways the city can be more energy efficient.
WINK News found out that while the project ideas come with a high price tag, the longterm payoff means more green in your pocket!
"You know make sure that we have the energy saving lightbulbs throughout the house, a timer on the pool just to make sure that it starts and stops to save us energy," says Stacy Carter.
It's little changes she's made to go green and she's excited to hear city leaders too are looking into energy saving initiatives.
"Oh I think it's a great idea," she adds.
"This was a priority last year in our strategic plan and at least now we have something concrete to go on," says City Manager, Howard Kunik.
That 'something' is about one point two million dollars worth of projects. The engineering firm, 'ConEdision Solutions' shared those at city council Wednesday. Leaders contracted the company last year to take a look at all of Punta Gorda's facilities and equitment, to identify changes and upgrades that could be done to save energy and money in the long run.
Things like updating a-c units, replacing street lights, using led lightbulbs, and installing energy management control systems.
"That doesn't mean we have to do all of them but based on that there was about a 75,000 dollar savings on energy," he adds.
And that's every year.
"Those savings depending on what projects we decide to do can be used to pay for the cost of putting in those improvements so that city doesn't have to then budget extra dollars... it's important that we act on it," he adds.
Additional savings could come from rebates on equipment. 'ConEdison Solutions estimates it could be about 3-thousand dollars depending on what projects are done.
City staff will prioritize their recommendations and bring a list back for council to look at.