There is a very good opportunity in Ontario when renovating an existing space that allows you to recoup the costs of installing brand new general lighting. We recently experienced this on our job site. Save On Energy in Ontario will subsidize the installation of brand new general lighting in an existing building. It is one of the few Government Programs that actually make a lot of sense to pursue. We are in the process of purchasing lighting in around the $20,000 range. There is existing older florescent lighting which is a lot less energy efficient. With this rebate we are going to be paying a net cost of around $9,000 for the lights. A truly remarkable saving. The Government does this for a few reasons. The incentive to use more energy efficient lighting options is very real. It is a lot cheaper for the Government to fund brand new lighting systems than it is to spend on building new electrical plants and energy generating stations across the province. This incentive from the Government isn’t put towards your hydro bill, it is actually given to the client as a cheque.
The newer lights that we install are LED Lights for suspended ceilings. Based on the volume we buy them at, we are already getting them at an incredible price even without the rebate. They are beautiful lights, very high end. They are great for almost all commercial applications, especially medical. They produce a beautiful white light, and the fixture itself is a lot more visually appealing than the older florescent bulbs.
If you are interested in replacing or retrofitting an existing lighting outfit in your facility, we will be able to help. We will be able to perform an energy audit, that will help you realize the operating savings you will get by switching to LED. The LED options cost about 1/3 of the price to run versus the older lighting options. We will be able to take care of all the paperwork for you and submit the application for the SaveOnEnergy Rebate. If you are interested in this for your office, let us know. We would be glad to come take a look to determine what we can do with your specific situation.