BRIGHTON Council is continuing its focus on sustainability for the Municipality with the recent introduction of cordless, solar-powered tools for use by Council maintenance crew.
Brighton’s general manager James Dryburgh said the new cordless electric power tools were introduced for Council’s tree maintenance crew at the end of last year.
“Cordless power tools are quiet, efficient and clean. They require less servicing than fuel-run models and cost less to operate and provide a sustainable alternative to fuel-operated tools.”
Brighton’s maintenance team has two hedge trimmers, a small chainsaw, a pole saw, and a blower vac. Batteries are interchangeable and can be charged during the day at the depot from solar panels on the roof, using renewable energy from the sun.
“Electric power tools are more affordable, depreciate slower, cost less to run, are healthier for the operator, and are quieter in the neighbourhoods/areas where they will be used,” Mr Dryburgh said
Some of the benefits of the new equipment include the fact they’re lighter to hold, ultra-low noise, no pollution for the operator, easy to start (push button), less vibration, longer run time, reduced maintenance time and costs, and cleaner storage.
“The decision to introduce cordless tools aligns with Council’s policy of focusing on sustainability, by looking at new and better ways to conduct our operations on a day-to-day basis. We have already made some significant changes including the introduction of solar panels on our buildings, installation of cost and energy-efficient LED lighting in our public places and within Council itself, and the recent installation of an electric vehicle charging station in the Council car park which is free for Brighton residential use during business hours,” Mr Dryburgh said.
“This will be an ongoing focus as we continue to review what we do with a very clear lens on how we can be involved with and encourage an environmentally conscious and sustainable community.”