Big changes are coming to the City’s streetlights, but we really need your help first. To save on costs, in early 2012, the City will purchase all 4,006 streetlights in Somerville that are currently owned by NSTAR. We estimate that simply assuming ownership of the lights will save us approximately $370,000 per year in maintenance costs. But we also plan to convert the existing sodium lightbulbs to energy-efficient LED lightbulbs. Once the City switches the streetlights over to LED bulbs, the cost savings will increase and we expect significant energy savings as well.
But before we buy, we need the lights fixed—and that's where you come in.
Please comb your streets for non-working lights, check for the nearest address to the light or the pole number (instructions below), and then report all non-working lights (such as, broken lights, dead bulbs, or flickering lights) to NSTAR. You may report to NSTAR either by calling 800-785-4837 or filling our their online streetlight repair form at http://ow.ly/7BScV.
Then (and this is important) please ALSO call 311 or message them via Twitter (@311somerville) or Facebook (www.facebook.com/311Somerville) so that the City can also track which streetlights you report and follow up to check if NSTAR made the repairs.
So again, we need you to take these three simple steps, sooner rather than later (before the end of the year):
- Look for non-working streetlights
- Report them to NSTAR to request a repair
- Contact 311 to tell us which lights you reported