As a back-to-business attitude slowly takes hold across Colorado, companies and organizations are reassessing efficiencies of their operations. New routines mean new needs, and it is an ideal time to consider upgrading lighting systems.
LED technology is often seen as the gateway to energy efficiency because it’s relatively simple to install, and the savings can be significant —plus, rebates are plentiful. Offices, educational facilities, and service businesses now have a unique moment to review their lighting needs while reopening and reestablishing their activities. It’s an ideal time to upgrade.
The benefits of LED lighting technology are substantial
LED lighting upgrades and installations for businesses provide various advantages now, and down the road:
- Rebates save money on upfront costs
- Continual energy savings speeds up return-on-investment (ROI) payback
- LED longevity means lowered long-term maintenance costs
- LED lighting offers an array of specialized applications and can improve the ambiance for employees and customers
Considerations to help you make intelligent lighting decisions
Here are approaches to utilize:
Cost-effectiveness: Do you need new fixtures? Will retrofits suffice or just new lamps?
Light output: Are you looking for more/less light?
Ambiance or tone: Consider the ambiance you want to create, light color and functionality.
The cost of doing nothing.
You could continue with your inefficient, unreliable lighting that may be flickering and humming while possibly reducing your customer and employee experiences. Or, in 12 to 36 months you could be paying off new LED lighting upgrades while experiencing less monthly energy use—from day one—while enjoying lower maintenance costs along with improved lighting that can enhance the mood and tone of your workplace.
Most businesses have 30% energy savings potential
Did you realize the average Colorado business may waste 30% of the energy it uses?* The good news from ENERGY STAR® is that businesses can leverage rebates to jump-start potential long-term energy savings from LED lighting.
LED programs can benefit your brand
Utilities like Xcel Energy are mandated to achieve energy efficiency goals each year. That’s why utilities team up with lighting distributors to provide high-value rebates for businesses. Plus, over the years, conservation programs have provided notable money savings to local businesses along with clean energy progress that helps offer environmental benefits to all of us.
Top LED lighting rebates used by businesses today
- Linear tubes – these are often replacements for traditional fluorescent tubes.
- Troffers – these are rectangular light fixtures that fit into a modular dropped ceiling grid.
- High Bays – fixtures use for retail, warehouse or manufacturing spaces with high ceilings.
- Recessed Downlights – are low-profile lights placed in ceilings and project the light downward.
Other opportunities where businesses can earn rebates to offset costs:
- Product case lighting
- Exterior area wall packs and canopies
- Lighting controls
- Direct linear ambient
- Parking garages
- Stairwell fixtures
- Exit signs
- Screw-in lamps
Start your energy efficiency journey today
Contact your energy provider to learn more about the next steps to savings. If your business is within Xcel Energy’s Colorado electric service territory and you’re considering an LED project, our energy advisors can help you navigate rebates available to save your business money. Xcel Energy offers rebates on LED fixtures, retrofit kits and lamps.
Reach out to Xcel Energy’s team of energy advisors at 855.839.8862 or visit xcelenergy.com/LightingEfficiency.