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Each year, the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library runs up a utility bill of $666,000. The renovation project aims to cut the bill down to about $474,000 -- a 29% decrease. Workers would reduce costs by replacing existing light bulbs with more-efficient LED lights, improve lighting controls, heating and air conditioning systems and water conservation. The City Council voted unanimously onto allocate $2.4 million in bond money to the project. The bonds would be repaid through the savings on the utility bill. Siemens is guaranteeing to pay the difference.
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