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Waconia – Have you ever driven by an auto dealer at night and wondered if the parking lot lights that are on all night are efficient? At Waconia Dodge, they are. The auto dealer recently upgraded lights in the parking lot to LED with the help of Energy Smart and reduced the light count by nearly half.
The auto dealer connected with Energy Smart after hearing a presentation at an event organized in association with U.S. Senator Franken’s Back to Work Initiative. “Our lights were old and needed to be replaced,” says Paul Strong, owner of Waconia Dodge. “We had a bid in hand for the upgrade but weren’t sure how to secure a utility rebate for the project so we called Energy Smart.” The company decided to go with a different lighting technology than its original bid indicated. Energy Smart helped the company apply for the custom rebate.
Waconia Dodge has since completed installation of 32 pole lights and seven wall packs to the exterior of the building. The company expects to save 244,229 kWh on the projects which translates to an estimated annual savings of $14,206. The business will soon receive a rebate check of $22,304 from Xcel Energy. “We would not have been able to do this project without the utility rebate,” Strong says. “Energy Smart helped keep the project moving and…made sure our rebate application was completed and submitted correctly.”
Would you like to explore exterior LED lighting opportunities for your business? Contact Jill Curran at firstname.lastname@example.org (651)292-4653.
Did you upgrade your holiday lights to LED this year and now find yourself with unneeded or nonworking lights? Recycle the lights through the Recycle Your Holidays program.
1. Revisit your opportunities. If you haven’t re-evaluated your energy-saving opportunities within the last six months, early in 2013 is a good time to do so. Chances are pretty good that you’ve forgotten what your opportunities for saving energy are.
2. Commit to making at least one energy-saving upgrade. Energy upgrades can be easy and inexpensive to implement. After reviewing your opportunities, set aside money in your budget to make an upgrade.
3. Share your energy-saving success stories with others. Your colleagues, neighbors and friends want to hear your success stories. Who knows, you may motivate them to make energy-saving upgrades.
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