While LED installations have become rather ho-hum by now, as advances in technology have led to new tools and implementations in terms of energy management, it is worth noting that LED initiatives are still saving organizations significant amounts of money. In fact, LED retrofits are considered by most energy managers as low-hanging fruit, that is, the easiest and most obvious project to begin with, and one that saves significantly on energy costs for both small and large organizations.
Tecumseh Public Schools, in Lenawee County, Michigan, for example, is not only saving on electricity with LEDs, but has also received a rebate of more than $37,000 from Consumers Energy. As facilities director Josh Mattison says, rebates are a huge incentive in terms of its energy saving initiatives. “I mean, that’s just money that’s sitting there that they want to give away and that just helps us with getting things brought up to date and where they should be,” he told Lenconnect.com.
Mattison says the lighting retrofit has about a four-year payback. The lights themselves have a 10-year warranty.
Rebates are also helping the school district renovate heating, ventilation and air conditioning in all of the districts schools. Overall, Mattison says, the district has received more than $188,000 in rebates and incentives.
Another LED installation, on a larger scale, is being implemented at another educational facility. Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, is replacing all exterior and tunnel lighting on campus with LED lights via a $1.6 million project, according to the school’s weekly. Though the director of Capital Renewal and Construction at Carleton, Trevor Stewart, did not say exactly how much the campus is expecting to save, he did comment that if the school’s library was shut down completely for three months, that’s the amount of energy the school will be saving on an annual basis, adding it will be “a significant amount of money.”
Carleton is working with KE Electrical Services on the project.
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