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Sauk Rapids – Upgrades to exterior lighting are not often covered by utility rebate programs–until now. Xcel Energy has begun offering rebates to commercial customers on qualifying investments in energy-efficient exterior lighting, and many companies are taking advantage of the savings.
For C&L Distributing of Sauk Rapids, access to this rebate helped make the decision to upgrade to energy-efficient LED wall packs at their distribution facility. The beverage distributor has successfully made other types of energy upgrades, learned about the new rebates as a member of Minnesota Waste Wise, and was ready to take the next step toward cutting-edge lighting technology. “We’ve been members of Waste Wise for years and I knew I could count on them for help with this project,” says Shane Vasek, Operations Manager at C&L.
Most facilities similar to C&L’s have wall packs on the outsides of their buildings but very few have made the move to LED. Exterior lighting historically has not been included in prescriptive utility rebate programs because this type of lighting is on during off-peak periods–but the potential for energy savings is significant.
Using a local lighting contractor, Vasek has had 28 LED wall packs installed to the exterior of their Sauk Rapids building. The company can expect to save 12,850 kWh on the project which translates to an estimated annual cost savings of $1,013. Better yet, C&L will soon receive a rebate check of $2,800 from Xcel Energy. “The staff at Energy Smart and Waste Wise made the process so simple,” says Vasek. “They’re a great resource for businesses like ours.”
Would you like to explore LED lighting opportunities for your business? Contact Jill Curran at email@example.com (651)292-4653.
Polar explorer and sustainability champion Will Steger is our keynote speaker at the 2012 Minnesota Waste Wise Annual meeting: “Making the Connection: Business Sustainability Practices and the Global Environment.” Steger is a fascinating presenter who will share research and insights into how a global perspective can energize environmental initiatives at home. We’ll also have an engaging panel of speakers and plenty of great opportunities to network with peers in the sustainable business community. The meeting will be held Oct. 2, 2012, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Landscape Arboretum in Chaska. Please join us!
Most refrigerated glass display cases contain heat strips that prevent moisture from creating fog, or “sweat,” inside the display door. The heat strips usually operate and draw energy 24/7 but are needed just a fraction of this time. An anti-sweat heater control activates the heat strips only when high-humidity conditions occur, thereby significantly reducing energy costs.
The new rebates also allow business customers to eliminate the need for door/frame heaters through installation of zero loss energy doors and frames on existing display cases. These highly-insulated doors keep the exterior glass warm and prevent condensation on the outside of the door.
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