Efficiency Vermont offers rebate to assist in phase out of old fluorescents

first_imgEfficiency Vermont,Maple Center Motors, a family-owned business that sells used vehicles in St. Johnsbury, is one of numerous Vermont businesses improving its bottom line and the quality of light in its workspace by switching out inefficient T-12 fluorescent lighting technology and installing energy-efficient lighting through ‘newLIGHT,’ a limited-time program offering increased lighting rebates through Efficiency Vermont. The program was created to help Vermont businesses prepare for a new mandate from the US Department of Energy that will phase out T-12 fluorescent lamps by mid-2012.Working with a lighting contractor or distributor, Vermont businesses can take advantage of newLIGHT rebates that will cover 50-90 percent of equipment costs. In turn, businesses can save up to 25-50 percent on their lighting energy bills through the program, and avoid having to upgrade when replacement T12 lamps become difficult to purchase after the phase out.Maple Center Motors was keen to make a change after manager Kevin Sanborn spoke with Jeremy Roberts, a contractor with St. Johnsbury-based S&J Roberts Electric Inc. Roberts knew that the auto dealership used T-12s for lighting. After evaluating the lighting quality benefits and determining the energy savings Maple Center Motors could achieve with an upgrade, Roberts worked with Andy Gagnon, manager at CED Twin State Electric Supply, to supply the new equipment.Working with S&J Roberts Electric Inc. and CED Twin State, Maple Center Motors upgraded the lighting in its showroom, offices, and mechanics’ shop from T-12s to more efficient High Performance T-8s (HPT-8s). HPT-8s are significantly more efficient than T-12s, so switching out can lower a business’ energy use. The lighting quality from HPT-8s is also superior to that of T-12s.When the lighting upgrade was completed in mid-May, Sanborn immediately noticed a striking difference in the quality of light in the auto shop. ‘We knew we made the best choice for our business when our technicians reported the superior quality of light in the mechanics’ bay,’ Sanborn said. ‘The lighting creates a safer work environment and provides greater visibility for our employees.’‘Efficiency Vermont’s newLIGHT program helps Vermont businesses as they make this important switch,’ said Roberts of S&J Roberts Electric Inc. ‘The increased financial rebates make it both a smart and cost-effective option for businesses, like Maple Center Motors, who want to upgrade and save now.’The benefits of newLIGHT extend beyond the business itself ‘ local contractors are experiencing an uptick in their business. Gagnon notes that CED Twin State has initiated a dozen projects with Efficiency Vermont to date. In turn, 46 Northeast Kingdom area businesses are taking advantage of the increased incentives, in addition to more than 200 other projects statewide. As an added incentive, Efficiency Vermont is offering contractors $200 for each newLIGHT project they complete with a Vermont business, with additional rewards available for 5, 15, and 25 completed projects.‘The newLIGHT program creates affordable opportunities for local businesses to prepare for the new federal mandate while increasing energy savings, enhancing the comfort of employees and customers, and reducing their environmental impact today,’ said Kris Hatfield, project manager at Efficiency Vermont. ‘We encourage business owners to take advantage of the increased rebates before the offer expires at the end of the year.’Business owners interested in newLIGHT can work with a contractor, distributor, or other lighting professional to determine if their proposed efficiency upgrades qualify for the increased rebates. The limited-time offer ends December 31, 2010.Source: Efficiency Vermont. August 30, 2010 ‘ St. Johnsbury, VT ‘To learn more, please call your local lighting professional, visit Efficiency Vermont online at www.efficiencyvermont.org/newlight(link is external) or call customer support at 888-921-5990.Efficiency Vermont was created by the Vermont Legislature and the Vermont Public Service Board to help all Vermonters reduce energy costs, strengthen the economy, and protect Vermont’s environment. Efficiency Vermont is currently operated by Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC), an independent organization under contract to the Vermont Public Service Board. VEIC is a Vermont-based nonprofit organization founded in 1986. For more information, contact Efficiency Vermont at 888-921-5990 or visit www.efficiencyvermont.com(link is external).###last_img read more