JAFFREY, N.H. (AP) – A committee studying energy conservation in Jaffrey, N.H., is recommending that the town turn off more than a quarter of its streetlights.

The Jaffrey Energy Committee says the town could save a substantial amount of money by removing at least 61 of its 225 streetlights and fitting the rest with lower wattage bulbs. Members of the group have split into teams and taken late-night tours of the town to get a sense of where lighting is the most critical, such as at intersections and crosswalks.

Before making its final recommendation to the town, the group will study other towns that use lower-wattage bulbs.

Officials say the goal is to find the right balance between saving energy, saving money and keeping the town lit.

Information from: The Keene Sentinel, http://www.keenesentinel.com

AP-ES-06-05-08 1345EDT

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