Susanville Supermarket IGA making saves energy, money
July 2, 2013 — IGA Susanville Supermarket is once again taking proactive steps to reduce their energy usage and costs. More than 100 businesses have taken advantage of Lassen Municipal Utilities District’s (LMUD) Commercial Retrofit Lighting Program since it was launched in 2008. Although the rebate funds for this program are limited and allocated on a first come, first served basis, IGA keeps coming back for more.
According to Martin Balding, of Balding Energy Enterprise, about 85 percent of the store’s energy is free — meaning reclaimed from an existing source. For example, Balding said the heat that comes off the refrigerator cooling system is intercepted and used to heat water in the deli and meat department. Additionally, the heat that goes up to the roof of the building is redirected to heat the interior of the store.
“(IGA) hasn’t used air conditioning in 12 years,” said Balding, who works with LMUD to develop and design more energy efficient systems in buildings throughout the county.
He said the new light emitting diode (LED) lights in the refrigerated section at the back of the store provide more light but use less energy, and are cooled by the cold air in the case and produce about one quarter to one half less heat in general (which reduces the load on the cooling system). LEDs present many advantages over incandescent light sources including lower energy consumption, longer lifetime, improved physical robustness, smaller size, and faster switching.
LMUD Energy Services Manager Theresa Phillips said IGA uses approximately 21,000 kilowatts of energy less than they did 12 years ago thanks to all the retrofitting they’ve done, including motion sensor lights in the freezer case in the meat section, which remain dark until someone approaches the case and the lights get brighter.
“This means the utility doesn’t have to go and buy more power,” said Phillips, who also said the store will get a return on their investment in about a year because the annual savings as a result of the new lights will be more than $2,000. LMUD pays up to 40 percent of approved retrofit lighting projects under the SmartLight Commercial Lighting rebate program.
“It’s an excellent investment,” said Balding. “Where else do you get money back these days?”
Phillips said LMUD mostly works with nonprofits and public agencies on lighting projects. In total she said the utility saved more than one million kilowatt hours last year.
For more information about LMUD’s various rebate programs, visit lmud.org.
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