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This week in Evanston installers are replacing 204 old exit signs with new, light-emitting diode (LED) signs in area businesses as step program organizers say will have an environmental impact similar to taking 50 cars off the road for a year.

This week in Evanston installers are replacing 204 old exit signs with new, light-emitting diode (LED) signs in area businesses as step program organizers say will have an environmental impact similar to taking 50 cars off the road for a year.

Initial participants include Gavin Evanston, Roman Insurance Agency Inc., Jacky’s on Prairie, Blind Faith Café, Heaven Meets Earth Yoga, Café Mozart, Coiffeur Copenhagen, Walsh Natural Health, George Ritzlin Antique Maps and Prints, Chaz Nutrition and Health, Grateful Yoga and Nature’s Perspective Landscaping, Inc.

Other businesses can still sign up online for the Exit Signs for Evanston program or call 312-496-6810 for more information. The LED exit signs are available for $75, including installation, through the program. Participating businesses are also eligible for a $20 rebate from ComEd.

Exit Signs for Evanston was launched on Earth Day by the Business Alliance for a Sustainable Evanston (BASE) in partnership with the City of Evanston.

The campaign will help the community to fulfill Evanston Climate Action Plan (ECAP) goals. LED exit signs consume 95 percent less energy than incandescent signs. Replacing a thousand old exit signs will prevent the emission of nearly three million pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

In addition to reducing Evanston’s carbon footprint, swapping old exit signs with new LEDs saves businesses money. Just one LED sign can save over $800 in life-cycle operating costs, and they pay for themselves in less than a year. LEDs last over 10 years before needing replacement, unlike incandescent bulbs that burn out several times a year.

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