Business lighting facts

Lighting is a critical component of every small business. Employees must be able to see to safely perform their jobs, and floor space should be aesthetically pleasing to encourage sales.

You may be surprised to learn that lighting can take a larger share of a building’s electricity use than any other single end use. Lighting systems produce large amounts of heat as well, and are typically the largest source of waste heat inside commercial buildings. Energy-efficient lighting, such as compact fluorescent bulbs, add less heat than inefficient lighting. By decreasing internal heat gain, efficient lighting also reduces a building’s cooling requirements. 

Light for less

Your business may be spending much more than needed to effectively light your facilities. Significant cost savings can be achieved with energy-efficiency improvements, and due to continually improving technology, lighting usually provides the highest return-on-investment of major upgrades.

With good design, lighting energy use in most buildings can be cut in half while maintaining or improving lighting quality. Such designs typically pay for themselves in energy savings alone within a few years, and they offer more benefits in terms of the potential for smaller and less costly cooling systems and more productive work environments.

Information about the rebate Program

This rebate program is being offered to commercial, industrial and agricultural cooperative business members.

  • Only members with greater than 10 bulbs or fixtures at their facility will qualify.
  • The rebate amount will be determined prior to installation and calculated based on an audit of existing and replacement lighting.
  • Total rebate amount is limited to $30,000 per member per year and in no case will exceed 40 percent of the total equipment cost.

The focus of the program is to save the member money by using less energy to light their facility. When assessing the opportunities for improvement presented by an existing lighting system, the first step is to measure how effectively the existing light levels and characteristics serve their function.

Many opportunities exist for cost-effective retrofits to an existing lighting system and it is possible to simultaneously increase lighting levels and use less energy if the most efficient technology and practices are used. 

Eligible bulbs and fixtures

*Fluorescent T-5 and T-8 lighting systems with electronic ballasts
*LED (light emitting diode) fixtures and exit signs 

How do I participate?

The first step on the road to implementing new energy-efficient lighting in your facility is to click here to contact the Member services department at Access Energy Cooperative. They will determine your eligibility and provide the application, lighting tables and all other needed information to begin your lighting retrofit project.

You will want to be sure you have a trusted lighting vendor to help you with new lighting recommendations and a knowledgeable employee from the facility to assist with your initial walk-through lighting audit