More and more people want to live in a sustainable community and to live in a way that will help look after the environment, save money and help the people who live locally. The use of solar lights is a step in the right direction when it comes to helping them meet their goals. There are three major ways in which they can improve the area.
- Bringing about social change and letting the people in the area know that everything is being done to help them save the planet.
- Save the area money as the costs are nothing compared to other forms of street lighting.
- Benefits residents and the planet as there are health implications when it comes to some forms of lighting.
Bringing About Social Change
If there can be a cost-effective way to light public spaces, it will encourage people to use them as they will feel that they are not being overcharged in their taxes for lighting and yet are getting a good system. When it is a park that uses them, it can help with the fight against obesity and get people fit as they are no longer too afraid to visit. No one wants to jog in the dark or take the dog for a walk when they cannot see who or what is around them, and poor lighting will make them feel unsafe.
Everybody is finding that their energy bills are increasing, and all want a way to keep the price down and yet not have to compromise on the quality of the lighting. City authorities will be happy to pay lower bills and at the same time know that they are not impacting on the safety of residents. It will not cost more to install a solar street light than it will cost to install a conventional one, but there will be a noticeable difference in the bills moving forward. Once the lighting is in place, the bills will start to drop.
Benefitting Residents and the Planet
As there are no fossil fuels used to power these solar lights residents in the community will be pleased that they are not contributing to damaging the planet and are instead using renewable energy with no loss of light. Disruption will be minimal when the lighting is being installed as they do not need wiring. Maintenance will be easier as well. There is no end to the amount of solar energy that can be created, although clearly some areas will see more created than others and all areas will find that it is clean energy.
They are long-lasting and practical, and when you add the fact that they can be placed along virtually any road or in a parking lot, there can be a massive saving installing and running. Once they are in place, it is likely that they will be able to produce energy for up to 10 years before there will be the need to replace or update a street light using solar energy.