Energy-Efficient Lighting Saves Sangre de Cristo $456 Per Month on Utility Bill

Sangre de Cristo Hospice is saving $456 per month on its utility bill after switching over to energy-efficient lighting technologies throughout four of its facilities in Canon City and Pueblo, Colorado. The new energy-efficient lighting was installed by SmartWatt Energy via the Black Hills Energy Small & Medium Business Direct Install Program, resulting in an incentive of $7,597.

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Sangre de Cristo Hospice

Pueblo, CO (PRWEB) March 13, 2014

Sangre de Cristo Hospice is saving $456 per month on its utility bill after switching over to energy-efficient lighting technologies throughout four of its facilities in Canon City and Pueblo, Colorado. The new energy-efficient lighting was installed by SmartWatt Energy via the Black Hills Energy Small & Medium Business Direct Install Program, resulting in an incentive of $7,597.

After conducting an energy evaluation of all lighting systems throughout Sangre de Cristo’s facilities, SmartWatt engineered a solution to replace the existing lighting systems with energy-efficient fluorescent and LED lighting fixtures. In addition to substantial energy savings, the new lighting fixtures will provide a better quantity and quality of light, enhancing comfort for staff and residents.

The Black Hills Energy Small & Medium Business Direct Install Program provides an incentive of up to 60 percent to help businesses with an average demand use of 350 kW or less per month conduct energy-efficiency upgrades. SmartWatt, the contractor administering the program, provides a free energy evaluation, recommended energy-efficiency upgrades and interest-free financing for the businesses’ remaining portion of the costs.

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’s three divisions use cutting-edge technologies, design and processes to take on and solve their client’s toughest sustainability challenges:

•The Commercial, Industrial and Institutional Division works with end-use clients throughout the United States to design and install multi-measure energy-efficiency projects. Clients look to SmartWatt to provide large-scale savings through turnkey energy auditing, engineering, project management and installation services.
•The Utility Division contracts directly with utilities to manage their commercial energy efficiency programs. SmartWatt’s vertically integrated program delivery platform ensures utility program success and client satisfaction, because all elements of the utility program are handled by a talented, integrated, cross-functional team.
•The Software Development Division creates customized, proprietary software applications to increase efficiencies and provide added value to utilities and national accounts clients.

SmartWatt has won an Inc. magazine “Hire Power” award and has been named the “5th Fastest Growing Private Engineering Company in the United States” on the magazine’s annual 5000 list. For more information, visit http://www.smartwattinc.com.

About Black Hills Energy Colorado Electric
Black Hills/Colorado Electric Utility Company, LP d/b/a Black Hills Energy serves 94,000 electric customers in 21 southeastern Colorado communities. Black Hills Energy is a subsidiary of Black Hills Corp., a diversified energy company with a tradition of exemplary service and a vision to be the energy partner of choice. Black Hills Corp. is based in Rapid City, S.D., with corporate offices in Denver and Papillion, Neb. Black Hills Corp. serves 769,000 natural gas and electric utility customers in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming, and its non-regulated businesses generate wholesale electricity and produce natural gas, oil and coal. Black Hills' 1,925 employees partner to produce results that are improving life with energy. More information is available at http://www.blackhillsenergy.com.


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