Firm helps Westin with energy audit |

Firm helps Westin with energy audit

EAGLE COUNTY — Lighting can account for 35 or more of utility costs in a home or business. Replacing bulbs and even outdated fixtures with energy-efficient alternatives can significantly reduce these costs.

Many people shy away from energy-efficient lighting because of concerns over light color, intensity, up-front costs, or concerns about the hazardous materials found in compact fluorescent bulbs. Bulbs that use light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, address many of these issues. They are available in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and intensities and do not contain the mercury found in compact fluorescent bulbs.

“Energy-efficient lighting is a great way for homeowners and businesses to save money without sacrificing their own or their guests’ comfort or convenience,” said Melissa Kline, owner of local energy consulting business IMPACTenergy.

Many local incentive programs can help offset the relatively high up-front cost of LED bulbs, meaning buyers can see the profit from this energy-saving step much faster. For example, the Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa, a LEED-certified building, has LED lighting installed that makes it eligible for $24,500 in rebates. Energy-efficient lighting also saves the Westin $23,000 in annual energy costs.

IMPACTenergy assisted the Westin with a recent lighting analysis. “The Westin continues to be an environmental leader in the hospitality industry,” Kline says. “However, lighting audit and retrofit projects can benefit businesses of all kinds.”

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