According to ENERGY STAR, lighting in commercial buildings is the largest cost component of a commercial building’s electricity bill. With good design, lighting energy use in most buildings can be cut at least in half while maintaining or improving lighting quality. Such designs typically pay for themselves in energy savings alone within a few years.
A lighting retrofit is not a new idea, but it is one of the best ways for commercial properties to save money. The opportunity to improve efficiency, reduce energy consumption, save on power bills, and cut replacement & maintenance costs are available to anyone that makes the initial investment.
Arlington County Government is offering rebates to commercial customers for specific lighting installations and retrofits. This program is innovative because it coincides with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) phase out of many bulbs that commercial properties have installed.
A basic choice for commercial properties, including apartments, condos, offices, and retail establishments will be whether to replace an existing lighting system all at once in a planned upgrade or to replace individual components as they fail. The Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy (AIRE) program is incentivizing commercial properties to not just install the next cheapest alternative, but more efficient lighting systems.
The program launched in late 2012 and has already received several applications. All applications to date have reduced the wattage of their lights by more than 50%. This program is only available to commercial properties in Arlington and it pays a rebate up to $5,000 per electric meter.
The AIRE Lighting Rebate Program has been very popular. A few rebates still remain and they are being offered on a first come-first, served-basis. If you are interested in retrofitting your lighting, and receiving a rebate, please visit: www.freshaireva.us/lightingrebate/
By: Adam Segel-Moss