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Will MEAG $$ help the city "Go Green"

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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Beginning late this month, tens of millions of dollars in credits will begin to funnel into Albany. One suggestion for all of that money is to provide Water, Gas and Light customers with energy efficient light bulbs.

William Wright made a "green" presentation before the city commission this morning saying fluorescent bulbs like would save homeowners money because they use less energy, plus they also save on cooling costs during the hot summer months since they don't get as hot.

It would take about $750,000 to place $30 worth of bulbs into 25,000 rate payers homes. A pilot program may now be considered by the city to see if the energy efficiency program would make a big difference.

Wright said, "They're not going to replace them as often and that means they'll have savings on their utility bill, can put them all over their house and it's saving the environment too because they won't have to go to the landfill, so everybody wins."

 The city and Water, Gas and Light have agreed to divide the credits into three parts. A committee has been formed to decide how to best utilize the money.

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