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With all the talk of the "new energy economy", and "going green" you may wonder how all of this is going to affect you as a landlord, tenant or owner/occupant of commercial space. Much of the new energy technology of today is in its early stages and not yet cost effective or efficient. However, there are many things you can do now to save money on energy and do your part in helping the new energy economy. In fact, some changes in lighting will be mandated in the near future. We can help you look at various alternatives to determine what is best for you.

By 2010, ballasts for T12 fixtures, which make up a large majority of commercial lighting systems, will no longer be produced or sold in the United States. If your establishment now has these types of fixtures, you will eventually have to replace them. There is good news, though - replacing these fixtures can save you money and improve your lighting quality. In addition, it can substantially reduce maintenance costs, especially in the first few years. When you add this to the rebates currently offered by many power companies and local governments, changing out (retrofitting) your light fixtures can pay for themselves in a short period of time, providing you with reduced costs and better lighting quality far into the future.

In addition to changes in the area of T12 fixtures, there are also energy efficiency standards currently being mandated for metal halide fixtures and incandescent fixtures as well. Progressive Electric Service has already retrofitted many retail, warehouse and other commercial establishments and our clients have seen the cost savings. We would be happy to meet with you and go over the various alternatives that will meet the mandates, meet your needs, and provide the most cost effective solutions for you. We will also search out rebates to see if there are any available and what is required for your application.

In short, retrofitting can be done in a cost efficient way that will serve your needs at least as well or even better than your current lighting systems. If you are a landlord, this can benefit you in other ways as well. It can not only increase the value of your commercial space, it can attract tenants as well. This may allow you to charge a premium for your leased space because of the energy savings provided to the tenant. If you are a tenant, obviously, the increased efficiency will save you money. If you have even a medium term lease, retrofitting fixtures can pay for itself and then some during the time of your tenancy.

Progressive Electric Service, Inc., would like to help you with your energy efficient lighting needs. We also can help in other areas as well, such as installation and wiring of premium efficiency motors, and wiring of other efficient installations such as geothermal systems. We are committed to helping our clients meet the ideals of a new energy economy in a cost effective manner.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ENERGY SAVINGS AND REBATES AVAILABLE FOR COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS, E-MAIL PAT LANDRY AT plandry@progelectric.com

LET US HELP YOU TODAY!

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