A Dollar Saved Is a Dollar Served

New Lighting from EarthTronics Provides Energy Savings for Nonprofit

MUSKEGON, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Every dollar counts for nonprofits. Even upgrading existing lamps to
energy saving LED lighting products can make a big impact on operations
and on clients serviced. One nonprofit that follows this philosophy is
Love INC. of the Tri-Cities, in Grand Haven, Michigan, who provides 27
individual ministries through local area churches. Each ministry is made
possible by donations of funding, volunteer hours, and other resources
by a network of churches.

Love INC’s primary objective is to assist people to move towards
self-sufficiency where possible. Katie Appold, Executive Director for
Love INC, said, “We believe in the potential of every person. Our goal
is to help others create a sustainable lifestyle.”

Recently, Love INC received a 5,000 square foot single-story building
including offices, a waiting area and exam rooms. This generous donation
provides a place for medical and dental services as well as encourages
medical professionals to give of their time.

Upgrading to Serve

After receiving the building, Love INC quickly realized it needed to
upgrade existing light fixtures to energy saving LED lighting products.
The building was designed to provide a warm and inviting space, which
was accomplished with incandescent recessed down light fixtures. Love
INC wanted to maintain the atmosphere, but use less energy. As a result,
the interior recessed downlight fixtures needed to be retrofitted in the
offices.

Based on the criteria, the existing 65 watt BR30 incandescent lamps were
replaced with Energy Star rated 9.5 watt LED. The replacement LEDs
provided reduced 85 percent of energy costs compared to the
incandescents that were replaced. The BR30 LED is rated to last 25,000
hours, easily 25 times longer than the lamps they replaced. Just as
important, the light level and warm, comfortable, inviting look were
maintained.

To complete the lighting project, Love INC utilized LED lamps from
EarthTronics. The nonprofit replaced 81 65BR30/FL lamps with 9 watt BR30
LED flood lights, eight PLC 18 watt CFLs with 12 watt LED Plug In lamps,
and three 100 watt A19 with 17 watt 1600 lumen A21 LEDs.

“By just changing the light source,” said Appold, “The cost savings have
been dramatic on our energy bill. We will be able to save more than
$1,800 in annual energy savings. The money we save is used to serve our
clients. Plus, we will not have to worry about changing and maintaining
light bulbs every six months, since the LEDs will last for many years to
come.”

Contacts

Falls Communications
Brian Bloom, 216-696-0229
bbloom@fallcommunications.com