As of July 14, 2012, the U.S. Department of Energy eliminated the production and sale of the most commonly used types of T12 fluorescent lamps. The reason? T12 lamps are energy inefficient when compared to other lamps now available on the market and the Department of Energy and Public Utility companies continue to look for ways to both help the environment and reduce demand on our electrical grid system. T12 lamps have long been the industry standard for commercial offices, retail space, and industrial warehouses, and the elimination of T12 lamps is a major change that will directly impact many commercial and industrial businesses.
As a business owner and/or facilities manager, what does this mean for your organization? In the short-term, if you have an adequate supply of spare T12 lamps on hand, not much will change…until your stockpile of T12 lamps run out. Once this happens, you WILL NOT be able to purchase T12 lamps of any kind. Therefore, at some point, you will need to consider an alternative lighting approach. Basically, your choice will come down to either deciding to: 1) Retrofit your existing lighting fixtures with an electric ballast and T8 lamps. Or, 2) Replace your existing lighting fixtures with new ones that contain the more energy-efficient ballast and lamps.
The good news is that Rocky Mountain Power has developed an incentive program called, Wattsmart Business, to help local businesses offset the cost of upgrading from T12 lamps and/or fixtures. You may have already seen seem of the commercials that Rocky Mountain Power is running to help get the word out on it’s Wattsmart incentive program, or you may be just curious to learn more about what you can do to help your company become more energy efficient. Either way, you’ve come to the right place! B. Jackson Construction is a leading Wattsmart / Energy Efficiency Alliance (EEA) Contractor, and we have successfully completed numerous lighting retrofit projects. We have a rock-solid team of professionals who can meet with you and help you design a custom-tailored and energy-efficient lighting solution that will not only help you maximize the incentive being offered by Rocky Mountain Power, but also help you to cut your overall monthly power bill!
Contact us today and let us show you how we can help you become Wattsmart and help your business to save money!