(Waupun) Energy-saving upgrades to lighting at several Waupun municipal buildings has earned the city a financial award of over $17-thousand dollars. Kevin Haugen reports. LED light upgrades to city hall, public library, public safety and community center netted Waupun nearly $17,115 in incentive payments from Focus on Energy and the city’s utility. The move will also provide savings on utility costs of about $16-thousand dollars. The estimated 155-thousand kilowatt hours of annual energy savings equates to reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 131 tons, which is the equivalent to taking 25 cars off the road. The improved lighting system was the first project completed since Waupun adopted an energy management policy in December of 2018 to reduce electric energy use in municipal buildings. The resolution enrolled the city onto WPPI Energy’s Utility and Municipal Building Efficiency Incentive program. The Focus on Energy incentive for light upgrades at city buildings was $9,015 with Waupun utilities and WPPI Energy providing an additional $8,100. WPPI Energy’s Eric Kostecki says Waupun demonstrated their commitment to energy efficiency and showed their residents and businesses they have what it takes to save energy. Waupun Director of Public Works Jeff Daane says these improvements will help the city save money on energy costs and maintenance for years to come. Waupun’s participation in the Focus on Energy Program and commitment to energy efficiency was recognized during a brief ceremony and check presentation last week.