Oregon businesses switch to energy-efficient LED lighting at record pace
Business owners across Oregon are saving money and energy thanks to a new era of energy-efficient LED lighting products.
Lighting accounts for 35 percent of a typical commercial building’s electricity use. With Energy Trust support, businesses can cut up to 75 percent of lighting energy costs by installing LED lighting and controls.
Energy Trust provides cash incentives and technical assistance to businesses that upgrade their lighting systems. In 2014 alone, Energy Trust business customers completed 2,000 lighting projects ― and for the first time the majority of projects included LEDs.
“We’re seeing LEDs grow in their appeal for all types of customers. LEDs work well for many uses in all types of businesses like high-bay fixtures in warehouses, lighting for refrigerated spaces, retail and hospitality displays and for outdoor and street lighting, museum exhibitions, car dealerships and more,” said Susan Jowaiszas, Sr. Marketing Manager. “Energy Trust has seen a big increase in completed projects over the last few years, and this trend continues as more customers see the benefits from the technology.”
In addition to energy savings, LEDs provide numerous other benefits attractive to businesses. They are durable, produce almost no heat, last longer than conventional bulbs, maintain high-quality color and distribute light evenly. According to ENERGY STAR, LEDs can last 25 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs, so businesses that install LEDs can also reduce labor costs associated with replacing failing lamps.
The improved color quality from LEDs creates a more versatile suite of applications that can be appropriate for all types of businesses. As a result, LED lighting can improve the aesthetics of a work space, increase comfort levels and productivity and contribute to improved health and safety.
For more information on Energy Trust lighting incentives and information, visit www.energytrust.org.