Scranton, PA (PRWEB) September 25, 2013
RLS Logistics, a leading temperature-controlled logistics provider offering integrated supply chain solutions to customers in the refrigerated and frozen food industry, recently completed a major sustainability project at their Pittston, PA logistics center. Their new cutting-edge energy-efficient SmartLighting system, designed and installed by SmartWatt Energy, is estimated to save 678,931 kWh of electricity per year. This reduction in energy will have an equivalent effect on the environment as removing 795,872 pounds of carbon dioxide or planting 117 acres of trees, according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency calculations.
“One of the things our customers ask us constantly is, ‘What are you doing to cut your costs? To help us save money?’ A lot of the bigger retailers want to work with a company that is heavily involved with sustainability. Our customers look to us to provide that sustainability solution for them,” explained Anthony M. Leo, CEO and President of RLS Logistics.
After conducting a full-building energy analysis of the Pittston, PA facility, SmartWatt engineered a solution to replace the existing T-12 fluorescent and metal halide lighting systems with more efficient technologies. Their goals were to help RLS Logistics save money and increase safety. SmartWatt chose to install high-performance T-8 fluorescents throughout office space and LEDs throughout 16 refrigerated and freezer warehouse rooms and four loading dock areas. Motion controls were also added throughout the facility. Due to the superior performance of the new lighting system, SmartWatt Energy was able to install fewer lighting fixtures, further reducing RLS Logistics’ energy consumption and environmental impact, while providing a better quality and quantity of light. The project resulted in a dramatic reduction in lighting and refrigeration energy costs and substantial maintenance cost savings, while increasing the safety of the facility.
“I liked their approach. We spoke to a lot of different companies and other companies came in with a ‘one size fits all’ kind of solution, whereas SmartWatt came in and they engineered a different solution for each room in the facility,” said Leo. “The people were excellent and very knowledgeable. We enjoyed working with them.”
RLS Logistics has a long history of sustainability projects and is dedicated to environmental sustainability throughout their operations. The company has been recognized by Food Logistics magazine as a “Top Green Provider” in 2012 and 2013 for the sustainability initiatives they’ve implemented at their facilities.
ABOUT SMARTWATT ENERGY, INC.
SmartWatt Energy is a unique energy-efficiency firm. It provides turnkey solutions for utilities, commercial, industrial and institutional clients and also develops proprietary software that streamlines internal workflow processes and provides comprehensive program reporting. SmartWatt Energy’s three divisions use cutting-edge technologies, design and processes to take on and solve their customer’s toughest sustainability challenges:
SmartWatt Energy has won an Inc. magazine “Hire Power” award and has twice been named one of the “Fastest Growing Private Companies in the United States” on the magazine’s annual 5000 list. For more information, visit http://www.smartwattinc.com.