PALMER, Mass. (January 30, 2015) — Energy efficient lighting upgrades funded through National Grid’s Small Business Energy Efficiency Program have been completed at non-profit Blue Star Equiculture’s facilities. The renovated horse barn, located in Palmer, Massachusetts, is now equipped with MaxLite LED lamps and fixtures. Plus, the facility now benefits from upgraded electrical wiring, helping Blue Star’s staff work in a space that is safer and brighter while keeping energy costs down.
National Grid’s Small Business Energy Efficiency Program enables customers like Blue Star to claim incentives for up to 70% of the cost of qualifying energy efficient updates, helping them save money on energy bills while reducing their environmental impact. More than 2,000 small businesses in Massachusetts have taken advantage of the program from January 1, 2014 through November 15, 2014.
“National Grid is committed to our local communities,” said Michelle Eburn, senior marketing analyst, National Grid. “We place a strong emphasis on doing what we can to improve the lives of our customers and employees. Our Small Business Program helps customers like Blue Star save money on their electricity and natural gas bills, allowing them to focus more of their time and resources on providing services that benefit our communities.”
Blue Star Equiculture is an all-volunteer non-profit organization that provides a sanctuary for rescued draft horses that are no longer able to work on farms or pull carriages. Some of the horses come from a background of neglect and mistreatment. At Blue Star, the horses are nurtured and given a healthy environment in which to live out the rest of their lives in dignity or, in some cases, find a forever home via adoption.
“Before the upgrade, we were lighting some of the barn with old 100-watt incandescent bulbs, and that was just not adequate,” said Blue Star’s Paul Moshimer, who oversees the day-to-day operations of the farm and its equipment. “We were forever changing bulbs, because they were always burning out. We tried installing some halogen lights, thinking that would improve the situation, but those were expensive and they didn’t last very long, either.”
With financing through National Grid and support from local businesses, National Grid led a cooperative team of engineers and energy efficiency experts to design and build a customized lighting system that meets Blue Star’s needs. These products — all of which are ENERGY STAR certified — allow Blue Star to illuminate their barns and grounds while keeping costs far below what they would be for a comparable level of brightness from conventional lighting sources.
National Grid and lighting manufacturer MaxLite collaborated with Waltham-based consultancy Cadmus to design an up-to-date lighting system that optimized efficiency and safety. Local electrical contractor Hickman & Sgroi performed the installations, which included updating the electrical wiring and fixtures to accommodate all-new LED lighting.
Thirty-seven 75-watt keyless incandescent fixtures located throughout the stalls, storage areas and workspaces were replaced with 28 MaxLite LED Vapor Tight linear fixtures in 30- and 50-watt outputs. The eight halogen, compact fluorescent and incandescent spot lights that illuminate the structure’s entranceways were replaced with 45-watt LED small flood lights. Each new LED fixture and lamp has an estimated lifetime of 50,000 hours, which will save Blue Star Equiculture more than 150,000 kWh of energy and $34,000 in total energy and maintenance costs over that period. Additionally, Blue Star’s volunteers will be able to spend less time replacing light bulbs and more time caring for and working with its horses under clear, consistent light.
“The barn is so much easier to see in and work in,” said Moshimer. “The quality of the light is so much more even. It’s been a wonderful addition to the farm. Everybody’s always commenting, ‘Oh, I can’t believe this light!’
“Between the additional light and the savings on our electricity bills, the difference will be substantial,” he continued. “The quality of the light is so wonderful. Every phase of the upgrade has been a revelation.”
Massachusetts small businesses may be interested in reducing their company’s energy costs, like Blue Star did. National Grid offers incentives for 70% of the cost of the installation of qualified energy efficient equipment to customers who have a commercial electric account with National Grid with an average monthly demand usage no greater than 300 kW. Small business owners can schedule a no cost, no obligation energy evaluation of their facilities by calling 1-800-332-3333 or signing up online at www.ngrid.com/smallbizne.
Additionally, National Grid provides a wide range of energy savings opportunities for Massachusetts homeowners. Learn more at www.ngrid.com/ma-ee.
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About National Grid (www.nationalgridus.com):
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