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Pictured are Brad Stephens, Director of Maintenance  of Good Samaritan - Sunwood, and Chuck Heins, Superintendent of Redwood Falls Public Utilities

Lighting bonus rebate sparks efficiency efforts

When Brad Stephens, Director of Maintenance for Good Samaritan - Sunwood, learned that Redwood Falls Public Utilities was offering a bonus lighting rebate, they jumped at the opportunity to upgrade their building’s outdated, less efficient lighting.

“The utility rebates allowed us to update our old lighting. The new lighting is bright and I am very happy with their performance,” Mr. Stephens said. “The bonus rebate, in particular, helped me get the necessary approvals to move forward with this project.  The timing made sense and we didn’t want to lose out on the extra funding that is available,”

Fluorescent lamps are measured in eighths of an inch.  The “T” number is the diameter of the lamp.  So a T12 lamp is 1.5 inches in diameter, while a T8 lamp is 1 inch.  The narrower the fluorescent lamp, the more energy-efficient it is.

T8 and T5 fluorescents are longer lasting, have better light quality, and can reduce lighting costs by up to 45 percent, with attractive 1-3 year simple paybacks for the building owner.  In fact, some T8 fixtures are rated to last up to 4,000 hours longer than T12s – nearly two years longer for a typical office. 

Lakeside Manor

Improved Lighting Performance at Lakeside Manor

Lakeside Manor is saving energy and providing a better living environment for their tenants.

“Responsible fiscal management is very important to us and we are always looking for ways to lower our costs.  Thanks to the Redwood Falls electric utility, we have been able to not only lower our energy bills but also improve the lighting for our residents,” says Nicole Warner, Executive Director at the Redwood Falls HRA.

Redwood Falls Public Utilities provided Lakeside Manor with a $659.50 rebate to remove 75-watt standard light bulbs and replace them with 20-watt compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs).  Great attention was paid to the type of light installed.  Redwood Falls Public Utilities helped Lakeside Manor select energy-efficient CFLs with a higher color temperature range (4100K).  Color temperature is the apparent/perceived color of a light source expressed in degrees Kelvin (K) and light bulbs can come in a wide range of options as described below. 

  • "Warm White" or "Soft White" (2700 K to 3000 K) provides light very similar to that of an incandescent bulb, somewhat yellow in appearance;
  • "White," "Bright White," or "Medium White" (3500 K) produces a yellowish-white light, whiter than that of a standard incandescent bulb but still on the warm side;
  • "Cool White" (4100 K) emits more of a pure white tone; and
  • "Daylight" (5000 K to 6500 K) is slightly bluish-white.

After installation of the CFLs, Redwood Falls Public Utilities provided a summary of the benefits to interested tenants at Lakeside Manor.  Through the efforts of all involved, Lakeside Manor is expected to reduce their annual energy consumption by over 10,000 kilowatt-hours saving them $769 each year.

“Redwood Falls Public Utilities is committed to working with our customers to help them save money and use energy wisely in the best way possible for their application,” says Chuck Heins, Superintendent of Redwood Falls Public Utilities.  “Energy-efficient lighting is often the easiest and cheapest way to reduce your electric bills – and we have money available to help you pay for it.”