October 07, 2018

West-side businesses can save energy and money through incentive program

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By West View Media

A partnership between Salt Lake City and Rocky Mountain Power is helping small businesses on Salt Lake City’s west side save money by offering incentives to upgrade their existing lighting systems to become more energy-efficient.

The Small Business Direct program, an extension of Rocky Mountain Power’s “wattsmart” initiative, will introduce business owners to the most common interior and exterior lighting upgrades, including LED, to help them save money on future energy use.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, LED lighting is a highly energy efficient lighting technology that has the greatest potential impact on energy savings in the U.S. By 2027, widespread use of LEDs could save about 348 TWh (compared to no LED use) of electricity: This is the equivalent annual electrical output of 44 large electric power plants (1000 megawatts each), and a total savings of more than $30 billion at today's electricity prices.

Rocky Mountain representatives will be going door-to door in west-side neighborhoods from September through the end of December conducting free, on-site energy assessments. Area business owners may also set up an appointment by calling toll free 844-712-6232.

Once the assessment is completed, business owners will have time to review the project proposal, the incentives offered and determine whether or not to proceed. Qualifying small businesses may receive enhanced incentives to save as much as 75 percent of the overall installation project cost.

The “wattsmart” Small Business Direct team will take care of installation and paperwork. “We want our small business customers to know that our technicians will provide reliable information and quality work,” said Clay Monroe, Rocky Mountain Power customer solutions director.

For more information about the program, call 844-712-6232, or visit the company’s website. To learn more about LED lighting, visit https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/save-electricity-and-fuel/lighting-choices-save-you-money/led-lighting