Energy rebates can be a big boost for building improvement projects, like a lighting retrofit. But is the reward even worth the hassle?
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BriteSwitch helps businesses across the United States and Canada to pinpoint and apply for utility rebates and tax incentive programs which will help them to save money. Regency has worked with BriteSwitch to help customers through the oft-difficult and tedious application process for such programs and lighting rebates.
Calculating energy savings and finding lighting rebates is no easy feat. You're often left searching on your own for seemingly impossible-to-find answers to your questions. Well, search no further. We've compiled a list of our top resources for energy savings and lighting rebate information.
When it comes to a lighting retrofit, you want to be able to accurately predict what kind of savings you’ll get after everything’s said and done. Accurate savings estimates make a deposit of trust and expertise in your account when you go to your boss for that next money-saving project.
Utility rebates can be a blessing and a curse. While they may be the key to unlocking
Lighting rebate programs definitely fit the description above, but if you're willing to navigate the complexity, there are big-time rewards to be had.
The proliferation of energy efficient lighting options over the last decade has opened up a significant number of rebates that can really help to boost return on investment on your projects.
As in most industries, a handful of key standards and regulations exist in the lighting industry to help consumers make educated buying decisions.
We discussed this recently on this blog when we explained the importance of ENERGY STAR certified lighting products.
Another important certification: DLC.
Maybe you've seen that label around –– "DLC listed" or "DLC approved."
What does that mean and how is that designation handed out?
DLC stands for DesignLights Consortium, and if a lighting product has earned certification from that organization, it signals a high level of energy efficiency.
Energy Star is an internationally-recognized label, usually used as "ENERGY STAR."
You've probably seen it a lot of places –– while appliance shopping or light bulb shopping, or just perusing the aisles of The Home Depot.
The label is everywhere. (Actually, as we'll discuss later in this post, it's just everywhere in the U.S., European Union countries, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, and Taiwan.)
But just where did Energy Star come from? Is it just another federal government regulation for people to gripe about or a necessary standard for achieving environmental sustainability on a global scale? How important is the standard to your buying decisions? And what should you do if you found a lamp that seems perfect for your project but lacks Energy Star certification?
How does lighting affect your electricity bill? How much will a lighting retrofit save you? How do you begin to estimate the value of a potential lighting rebate?
There’s one common thread that runs through each of these questions: the difference between watts (W), kilowatts (kW), and kilowatt-hours (kWh).
The energy industry is almost as bad as the lighting industry at using abbreviations and jargon, so we’ll try to break each of these down with some practical examples.
In this article, I’m going to use the analogy of equating electricity to water. This is a common analogy that we can’t claim it as our own, but