Albany, NY (PRWEB) July 03, 2012
Stewart’s Shops, a family and employee-owned chain of convenience stores in Upstate New York, is saving nearly $78,000 per year in total lighting costs after a lighting retrofit installed at their corporate headquarters in Saratoga Springs, NY by SmartWatt Energy, an energy efficiency firm headquartered in Albany, NY. This project will pay for itself in just 16 months.
SmartWatt Energy conducted a construction-grade energy audit of the facility, including: offices, loading docks, laboratories, storage and freezer space, then engineered a plan to replace the existing lighting system with energy-efficient T-8 and T-5 fluorescent lighting in most of the spaces and to install LED lighting in all of the freezer space.
“The ice cream freezer was the latest phase in a larger energy-efficiency project we’ve been working on with SmartWatt Energy for the last couple of years,” explained Gary Dake, President at Stewart’s Shops. “We appreciate their ability to help us reduce costs, while helping us achieve ambitious sustainability goals. Their execution was flawless—clearly cold storage projects are their specialty.”
The new energy efficient lighting installed by SmartWatt Energy will save 783,481 kWh of electricity per year, which is equivalent to removing 1,175,222 pounds of Carbon Dioxide from the environment. SmartWatt Energy has awarded Stewart’s Shop a Sustainability Award for their dedication to improving energy-efficient operations.
ABOUT SMARTWATT ENERGY, INC.
SmartWatt Energy, Inc., is a leading nationwide provider of turnkey energy-efficiency solutions for utilities, commercial and industrial customers. They are dedicated to lowering the operational costs of businesses through demand-side energy-reduction strategies and specialize in streamlining energy efficiency projects for national accounts. SmartWatt Energy provides whole-building energy assessments and implements lighting retrofits, variable-frequency drive upgrades, control system enhancements, HVAC upgrades and other mechanical enhancements. Their turnkey energy-efficiency solutions include: construction-grade energy audits, value-engineered designs, self-performed installations, utility incentive procurement, facilitation of EPAct 2005 tax deductions and maintenance support. For more information, visit http://www.smartwattinc.com.