Bourbonnais is getting greener

October 3, 2018

Bourbonnais has been ramping up its efforts to become a more energy-efficient community.

Last week, the village announced it enrolled in ComEd’s Energy Efficiency Program. The energy-provider conducted 11 projects throughout the village, replacing a total of 227 lighting fixtures with LED bulbs — including 81 at the village’s Public Works facility at 255 Mooney Drive.

The bulbs, which have a life expectancy of 20 years instead of five, will save the village an estimated $500,000 throughout the next couple decades. ComEd invested $43,000 in the project. Bourbonnais contributed $24,000 with a three-year return on investment.

“In the long run, the money we put in gets paid back in three years. Then, you have another 17 years of savings. It’s a no-brainer,” said Bob Steinke, the village’s building commissioner. “We would be foolish not to do it.”

Steinke added that the village plans on pursuing more sustainability projects in the future.

In the meantime, the village has started using BoardDocs, a site that allows it to post board agendas and documents electronically. That will cut down on printing costs and waste.

“We are trying to get greener,” Mayor Paul Schore said. “We are getting better at BoardDocs. The lighting we have been working with ComEd will help us lower our utility bills and make things more efficient. It will give us a better light. We are moving that way.”

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