LED Lighting Retrofit To Save Local Pet Supply Store Over $200,000
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In an effort to cut costs without sparing quality or customer satisfaction, Braxton’s Animal Works, a 70-year old pet supply store, is switching out interior lighting in its Wayne, Pa., store with new light emitting diode (LED) lights. Braxton’s expects to save a total of about $200,000 in energy and maintenance costs as a result of the lighting retrofit.
The project, spearheaded by LED Saving Solutions, will reduce Braxton’s annual energy consumption from lighting by 85 percent, while simultaneously improving the quality of light in the store. On average, lighting accounts for nearly 40 percent of electricity usage in retail, according to the National Electrical Manufacturers Association.
A third-generation business that prides itself on having third-generation customers, Braxton’s provides food, toys, treats, equipment and specialties for dogs, cats, small animals, fish and birds. The new lights will last almost ten times longer than the existing lights on the property. LED Saving Solutions also redesigned Braxton’s product lighting to improve the light quality on products and reduce shadow areas. The new lights serve as a way to save costs without compromising the needs of customers and to commit to energy efficiency.
"We have always been sensitive to conserving resources in our business; however, there are not many opportunities to produce a positive return on investment like the lighting program in which we are currently involved,” owner Dave Braxton said. “The LED Saving Solutions team showed us a program that will replace our current lighting, and with state and federal rebates we will have a positive cash flow of about $9,000 per year (for the next 25 years) after the first 13 months. That's an incredible boost to the bottom line, especially in these trying times."