Lone Tree, Colorado Saves businesses Money and Energy

Lone Tree, Colorado Saves businesses Money and Energy

Posted by Brian Burke on Monday, November 30th, -0001 at 12:00am.

The City of Lone Tree has announced a new program to help small businesses conserve energy and save money.  Working with Xcel Energy and its partner Franklin Energy, the City is offering an additional rebate to cover 100 percent of the cost of replacing older T12 fluorescent lights with more efficient T5 or T8 lights.  This makes good business sense because:

  • The manufacture of the inefficient T12 fluorescent lights will be phased out in 2012.  You will no longer be able to buy replacement tubes for your T12 fixtures and will eventually have to replace the old lights and related fixtures. Visit Frequently Asked Questions for details.
  • Combining Xcel Energy™s rebate with Lone Tree™s rebate will allow a small business to replace the out-dated T12 lights at NO COST to the business!
  • Once installed, the new lights will use approximately 40 percent less electricity, thus lowering your monthly electric bill!
  • The City has budgeted approximately $50,000 for this project and it is being offered on a first-come first- served basis.

The City will work with building owners and tenants to accomplish the following:

  1. The first step is to have Franklin Energy come to your place of business and conduct a free lighting audit.  They will prepare a report identifying not just how many T12 lights you might replace, but also what other changes you might make to your lighting equipment, how much it would cost and how much additional money you could save every month.  They will also be able to tell you about all the other rebate programs Xcel Energy has available in addition to the T12 fluorescent conversions. Visit the Xcel Energy Information Sheet for details.
  2. If you wish to proceed, you or your landlord will select a qualified contractor to install the new lights and related equipment.  The simple conversion of your lighting will not require a building permit; however, the City will give you a checklist of things to look for in the workmanship.
  3. The contractor will submit the required Xcel Energy Rebate Form and the Lone Tree Rebate Form along with an invoice to the City for full payment.  The City will pay for all of the work done and then collect the rebate of up to 75% of project cost from Xcel Energy.  There is NO OUT-OF-POCKET COST to the business owner or the landlord.
  4. To measure the success of this program, the City will ask permission from the business owner or landlord to access the energy data from the lighting audit (the projected savings from the Franklin Energy audit report).  This will allow us to estimate how much money this program saves our small businesses in the coming years and whether or not we have been successful.
Please call iLona Major, Lone Tree™s Sustainability Coordinator, at 303-708-1818 for more information.

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