The Windsor continued
The common area lighting retrofits included de-lamping hallway lamps, replacing incandescent lamps with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) in the stairwells, lobby areas, exercise room, and restrooms (including occupancy sensors).
A CFL is a small fluorescent light bulb that uses at least 66% less energy and can last up to 10 to 14 times longer
than a traditional incandescent bulb. The CFL can also be screwed into a regular light socket. Don’t let the fact that it is fluorescent turn you off? The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs must pass extensive testing to ensure they produce the highest quality light.
According to the EPA ENERGY STAR program, replacing a 100-watt incan- descent bulb with a 23-watt CFL will produce the same level of “brightness” and can save around $127 in energy costs over the life of the lamp. More- over, if every household in the United States replaced one light bulb with an EPA ENERGY STAR qualified CFL bulb, we would save enough energy to light
more than 2.5 million homes for a year and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of nearly 800,000 cars.
With the leadership and foresight from the Windsor’s Resident Manager, Tobey Nii, individual
apartment units were targeted to generate the largest return on investment. The lighting retrofit
CFL Retrofit Energy Savings Highlights: $15,800 saved annually 6 months payback $10,000 in HECO rebates
project was a collaborative effort of the Windsor’s Board of Directors, Resident Manager, HECO, lighting vendors, and the apartment owners.
“In order to keep rising energy costs under control, we needed to implement an energy efficiency plan,” said the Windsor’s Resident Manager Tobey Nii.
The lighting retrofit to the common areas started in September 2006 and was completed in May 2007. As for the lighting retrofit to the individual apartment units, there are 81 individual apartment owners participating so far.
HECO’s Energy$olutionsSM for Business program provides a $5 per CFL rebate offer. For completing the lighting retrofit project, the Windsor received $10,000 in rebates, with an additional estimated annual savings of $15,800 from the reduced electrical demand.
Although the Windsor was not designed for central air conditioning, HECO provided $23,000 in rebates to the Windsor for installing energy efficient window air conditioning unit replacements.
The Windsor has plans for retrofitting their mechanical equipment in the future with the assistance of HECO’s
For more information on how to choose the right CFL for your specific needs or if you are interested in saving energy, money and the environment, please call 543-4790 or visit our website at www.heco.com.