The Best Western Plus Independence Inn & Suites of Independence, an ECI REC commercial member, is enjoying the glow of nearly 1,000 new LED lamps. Not only are they more energy efficient, they are also “a lot brighter light and more pleasing to our guests,” according to owner Atul Patel. The hotel will also save money in labor costs because the bulbs will need to be changed less frequently.
Upgrading the lighting in many areas of the building was no small investment, but thanks to rebates from ECI REC, the hotel was able recover approximately 47%—over $7,500—of its equipment costs. Although the Best Western would have liked to have switched totally to LEDs, “we did so where it made the most economic sense according to the lighting usage. Without rebates from ECI REC, it would not have been feasible to replace bulbs that may not be used as often due to much longer paybacks,” said Patel.
|Adam Albertsen, ECI REC director of member service, worked with Lindsay Beatty of the Independence Best Western to verify the hotel’s hundreds of new LEDs that were installed and qualified for an ECI REC rebate.|
By replacing the CFL, fluorescent, and incandescent bulbs that were in place with LEDs, the hotel is saving an average of 58% on its lighting costs. “Electricity is one of the main expenses with any business, and lots of savings can happen if one stays on top of their electric usage; energy efficiency improvements add to the bottom line, and that savings can be used for other upgrades,” said Patel. “I have always been an advocate for going green as much as possible, as long as it's economically feasible—that's where rebates helped make it possible for us to upgrade the majority of our lighting.”
The Best Western plans to investigate whether LED options are available for its hallway wall sconces and exterior lighting as well. “I would recommend in a heartbeat that other ECI REC commercial members take advantage of these energy-efficiency rebates,” said Patel.
Rebates for "screw-in" type bulbs are only available for commercial and agricultural accounts. All new products must be listed with ENERGY STAR® or the Design Lights Consortium to qualify for a rebate.