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Toyota Center Using New Cost Saving Light Bulbs

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KENNEWICK, Wash.

A big upgrade at the Toyota Center will save the City of Kennewick quite a bit of money, although you may not even notice the changes.

About two years ago an energy service company ran an audit to shed some light on how much the City of Kennewick is paying in energy costs.

The Toyota Center is owned by the City of Kennewick and is one of the biggest power users along with street lights, fire stations and water plants.

The city decided to replace the arena's old yellow bulbs, which were the original lighting in the building, with newer technology. The new bulbs are less expensive and use less energy, which will lower the city's energy bill.

The changes were completed on Friday.

"We did about 300,000 dollars worth of work on various facilities to save about 30 percent of the energy usage on lighting," said City of Kennewick Assistant Public Works Director Ken Nelson.

"We have 6 times as many bulbs as we've had in the past but we're at 30 percent less energy usage and wattage for these lights that give off much more light than the other fixtures did," added Three Rivers Convention Center Executive Director Corey Pearson.

Pearson says the brighter lights will also give a better experience for players and fans. The current electric bill for the Toyota center runs at about $22,000 a month.

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