New street lights save £140,000 a year

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HAMPSHIRE County Council says its new street lights will be saving taxpayers money from April when a government carbon tax scheme kicks in.

Councils have to pay £12 for every tonne of carbon they give off, including heating and lighting public buildings.

From April this year, the tax rises to £16 per tonne, and will include street lighting for the first time. But the council recently replaced more than 150,000 street lights across the county, reducing their energy costs and cutting carbon emissions.

The council says it would have had to fork out an extra £140,000 a year in carbon tax if it hadn’t made the upgrades.