Jim Brinkman – Books & Company
Jim replaced over $6000 worth of old lights with new energy-efficient LEDs, to the benefit of the environment and his bottom line. This measure saved 23,800 kW and he was issued a rebate cheque for the full amount.
“I don’t understand why someone wouldn’t take part. It’s so easy. I’m very glad for such programs. Anytime I can, I’ll jump in with both feet.”
Chris Angus – Twisted Cork
Chris is always looking for ways to lower costs as a way to make his business more sustainable. Then he heard of the LiveSmart BC Business Program through the PG Chamber.
Chris took advantage of the LiveSmart rebates by replacing an old dishwasher and recouping about 90% of the cost. He also switched all his old light bulbs to low-energy LEDs, saving about 16,200 kW.
“It was very little work on my part, other than going to the store, installing the light bulbs, and then filling out some paperwork.” He paid for the bulbs up front, then submitted his receipts to Sorin Pasca at the Chamber. “A week and a half to two weeks later I got a cheque for the rebate.”
“There was very little I had to do to save money right away.”
Patti Perrault – Polar Refrigeration
As a heating contractor, Polar Refrigeration felt an obligation to make their own building as efficient as possible, and in the end set an example in our community.
Their LiveSmart BC Program upgrades began with their lighting. “We had all of our building bulbs and ballasts changed out, with an expected saving of approximately 40,985 kw per year,” explains Patti Perrault, Office Manager. “The cost of the project was approximately $14,000.00 and we received over $8,500 in BC Hydro rebates.”
In addition to setting an example locally, Polar Refrigeration is only one of 12 BC businesses to be recognized as a LiveSmart Champion. They were awarded $25,000 towards a $70,000 project that consisted of replacing their rooftop heating and cooling units with the highest efficiency available. Solar panels are tied into the units, and they also feeds their lights, computers and other electrical requirements. Any excess power will be bought back by BC Hydro, and Polar expects to save 199 Gjs per year.
Taking advantage of the LiveSmart program enabled Polar to save on energy and cost, but it also empowered them to share their knowledge with customers. “We try to be on top of all energy saving benefits and grant programs for our customers, and we continue to market our achievement and the advantages of using the LiveSmart and BC Hydro Programs available,” says Perrault.