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Angela Pilant, a Pacific Power lighting specialist, encourages Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce members to conduct energy audits in their businesses. “Just changing the lighting in your businesses can create savings,” she said. Pilant was one of the Pacific Power wattsmart business incentive representatives speaking to chamber members at a meeting Thursday.
As of Friday, September 11, 2015
When a renovation of a firm’s lighting system not only saves money, but increases sales, local business owners sit up and pay attention.
An advocate of Pacific Power’s many energy savings options, Sunnyside businesswoman Irene Jochen says she not only saves money on her power bills, she believes the new lighting system at her ladies formal wear shop has increased her sales.
Two years ago, Jochen, the owner of Fashion Corner, enlisted the aid of Pacific Power wattsmart incentive representatives to upgrade and renovate her bridal shop’s lighting system with dramatic results.
Not only did the new lighting technology save Jochen money on her energy bills, she believes it also boosted sales of her wedding attire.
“Customers were able to see all of the colors and styles in a better light,” she said.
Jochen was one of the speakers at the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce meeting held yesterday (Thursday), featuring representatives of Pacific Power’s wattsmart businesses incentive program.
The incentive programs range from instant savings at the point of sales to complete renovation of display cases at local grocery stores. Pacific Power can also help with the replacement of HVAC units and refrigeration units in warehouses, to occupation controls, which automatically shut off lights in rooms not in use. The Northwest electrical company also offers incentives to improve and change up exterior lighting at great savings to businesses owners, said Pacific Power spokesmen Toby Freeman.
Jochen spoke of discovering how dark her sales floor appeared midway through the installation. With just half the new lights installed, she realized just how dim the lights in her downtown business had become.
“It was amazing,” she said.
Freeman, a Pacific Power regional business manager, said the company has incentives for businesses owners just wanting to change out the old light bulbs to energy efficient LED lighting, to extensive retrofitting of entire lighting systems.
Bottom line is that Pacific Power has a variety of programs which can save business owners money on their energy costs over of the long haul.
Companies thinking about improving the lighting and other electrical issues at their business are encouraged to contact Pacific Power before buying new equipment.
Freeman encourages local business owners to check out the types of incentives at Pacific Power’s bewattsmart.com website.