What facilities will benefit the most from an Energy Efficient Lighting Upgrade?
Most buildings that are 10 years or older will have a significant potential for cost and energy savings, and the more hours of lighting demand, the greater the savings. This is due to the type of Fluorescent and Incandescent lighting that was installed in past years. The new Fluorescent T8 lamps and electronic ballasts not only save 30 to 40% on energy cost, but they eliminate flicker, are quiet and because the electronic ballasts generate much less heat, they have a much longer life expectancy and reduce air conditioning loads. Incandescent fixtures can also now be upgraded to compact fluorescent fixtures that will offer the same benefits of the T8 lamps.
What type of savings can I expect?
Most customers will see a 30 to 40% reduction in their lighting utility bill after a lighting upgrade. The customer can achieve a more accurate determination of the results if a lighting survey is performed in advance. The survey process will involve analysis of past utility bills combined with an accurate light fixture count and determination of the hours of operation of the facility. Through the use of specialized software, the data collected will reveal the amount of energy saved per year in dollars, the payback period and return on investment.
Can a Lighting Upgrade be financed?
Most any Energy Efficient Lighting Upgrade can be financed through a lease purchase option. MAC Solutions works with lease companies who specialize in energy efficient financing projects from a few thousand dollars to multimillion dollar projects. The leases are structured to be paid for out of the utility savings that are generated by the new lighting system. Once the lease term is completed, the buy out is typically one dollar for the ownership to be transferred. These leases are popular because they do not require your company to use or tie up capital funding. The greatest advantage is the utility savings are your's to keep upon the completion of the lease.
What if I don't achieve the energy savings that I was told I would?
MAC Solutions will perform before and after measurements at various predetermined locations to ensure that the energy savings will be realized. Another option is to request a Measurement and Verification program to monitor the performance of the lighting system over a period of time. This could range from a few months to several years. There is an additional fee for this service, as it requires more time and resources.
Can I use my own maintenance people to perform the Lighting Upgrade?
Yes, but it shouldn't be your first option. By trying to perform the upgrade in-house, you miss out on several key components to the success of your project.
MAC Solutions buys material in large volumes, your material cost would most likely be higher.
MAC Solutions cannot guarantee the energy savings or warranty the installation.
MAC Solutions expertise will allow us to complete the job quickly, giving you immediate savings.
MAC Solutions specialized staff will free up your employees for other tasks.
MAC Solutions has the design expertise to make sure the optimum savings are being realized.
What all does your "turnkey" project include?
Everything, there are no hidden costs. We would be responsible for everything from product to recycling to waste disposal to hardware.
Do you hire subcontractors for your projects?
No, on occasion, we may work in conjunction with a local electrical contractor to insure that all local permits and codes are met, but our crew chiefs are always on-site, as our reputation is on the line on every project, we prefer to handle every issue ourselves.