BEAVER CREEK — A recent energy audit and subsequent improvements to Chateau Beaver Creek by Impact Energy will save the hotel more than $57,000 per year on energy bills and operating costs, a 75 percent reduction in electrical consumption.
An audit evaluates lighting efficiency, design and controls, and then provides recommendations for short-term and long-term improvements. Lighting can account for 35 percent or more of utility costs in a commercial building.
“Our goal for the Chateau, as well as all of our lighting projects, is to make an existing lighting system more energy efficient while maintaining, if not improving, the design quality of the lighting,” said Melissa Kline, owner of Impact Energy.
One of the primary changes from the company’s audit recommendations was to upgrade all of the Chateau’s conventional bulbs with bulbs using light emitting diodes, or LEDs. LED lighting is a great way to save on energy; it uses 80 percent less energy and lasts 35 to 50 times longer than incandescent lighting and approximately two to five times longer than fluorescent lighting.
Lighting design is just as important as the energy savings from lighting replacements, as different types of LEDs change the ambiance of a space. For example, many hotel guest rooms are under lit. With the use of the correct LED, improvements can be seen in brightness levels and the “color temperature,” providing a warmer color while reducing the energy consumed.
“Impact Energy simplified the entire lighting audit process, provided a road map for future planning and found rebates for a portion of the work conducted,” said Jeannie Malato, Chateau Beaver Creek general manager. “We are very pleased with the results and will see considerable financial and energy savings.”
Impact Energy also recommended local incentive programs that can help offset the relatively high up-front cost of LED bulbs, so the return on investment is faster. Chateau Beaver Creek’s upgrade to LED lighting was eligible for approximately $50,000 in rebates.
For more information, go to www.impactenergyec.com.