Reading Area Community College turned to Lutron for help reducing electricity bills in the face of increasing energy and facility maintenance costs. By installing the new Lutron stairwell retrofit fixture solution, the college was able to reduce lighting energy by up to 82 percent in 11 stairwells throughout its campus buildings.
Reading Area Community College is committed to providing affordable access and to meeting the identified educational needs of the community. Like virtually all educational facilities, the ability to provide affordable access depends, in part, on keeping operating costs in line despite increasing energy and facility maintenance costs.
Mike Hodowanec, purchasing manager, recognized that saving energy saves money and worked with Lutron to analyze and evaluate how light controls could contribute to reduced electricity bills.
A walk-through of campus buildings revealed that stairwell lighting stood out as an obvious place to gain efficiencies. Building code dictates that stairwells will be illuminated 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; however, keeping those lights on at full brightness all the time results in a significant amount of wasted energy.
Eleven stairwells in five buildings were chosen for the lighting retrofit, including some stairwells that are typically used for less than two hours per week. Altogether, these stairwells accounted for 53,000 kWh of power use, costing more than $5,000 per year.
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