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Illuminations brighter than ever - using less power

New energy saving measures introduced by your District Council resulted in a massive reduction in power usage during our 2019 Matlock Bath Illuminations.

For the eight-week season, which ran from the start of September to the end of October, the District Council, which organises the crowd-pulling autumn event, replaced 90% of the festoon lighting with LED lamps, reducing the bulb rating from 15w to just 0.6w.

Working with electrical contractor Technical Stage Services, the District Council achieved a 4,957kWh (96%) reduction during the season.

In addition, 80% power saving was achieved by introducing new LED flood lights.

A District Council spokesperson said:
"Introducing LED lighting saved the equivalent of 1.9 tonnes of carbon dioxide, with a reduction of 6,859kwh in electricity used.
"This year we also introduced an eco-friendly section to our tender for the Illuminations bar, which meant that the successful bidder used biodegradable cups instead of single-use plastic."

In May this year the District Council unanimously approved a motion that climate change is an existential threat and has subsequently pledge to:

  • Declare a Climate Emergency
  • Make Derbyshire Dales District Council carbon neutral by 2030
  • Call on the UK Government to provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible
  • Work with partners across the county and region to deliver this new goal through all relevant strategies


A cross-party Members’ Working Group has been formed to lead the District Council in addressing the elements of the resolution.

More information about climate change can be found here on the District Council's website.

Illuminated Derwent by Simon Beynon 510px
New energy saving measures introduced by your District Council resulted in a massive reduction in power usage during our 2019 Matlock Bath Illuminations.

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