Installing energy-efficiency upgrades can create easy savings for businesses. One of our customers, North Valley Baptist Church, proactively uses the financial savings it has received from efficiency improvements to invest in additional energy-efficiency upgrades. This continuous reinvestment, along with our rebates, helps the church to continue lowering its energy bills while actively reducing its carbon footprint.
The North Valley Baptist Church has been a part of the Santa Clara community since 1975. Two years later, the church also founded the North Valley Baptist Schools. Together they have received over $23,000 from our rebate programs and achieved over 100,000 kWh in savings.
The first efficiency upgrade occurred in the middle school gymnasium in 2012. High-intensity discharge lighting fixtures were replaced with more efficient, high-output fluorescent T5 fixtures. The school utilized the lighting rebate and saved $1,200 on the installation. This project saves the school nearly 10,000 kWh annually and paid for itself in less than two years.
Using the financial savings from its 2012 lighting upgrade, the North Valley Baptist Church has gone on to install a number of additional efficiency upgrades throughout the church and schools. These projects have primarily involved lighting upgrades. The church has installed LED lighting in the sanctuary, bible school halls and classrooms, gymnasiums, the worship auditorium and dormitory hallways. LED lighting is one of the most energy-efficient lighting options. LED bulbs are up to seven times more efficient and last 25 times longer than traditional light bulbs. The church’s savings on these projects are typically very quick, with some even paying for themselves in less than one year after installation.
The church has also used its financial savings to install high-efficiency packaged terminal air conditioners (PTAC) in school dormitories. PTACs are oftentimes found in large multiunit buildings like hotels or apartment complexes because they are efficient, quiet and easy to maintain. The PTACs will more than pay for the cost of the units over their lifetime.
In 2019 alone, the North Valley Baptist Church and its schools have installed four separate lighting upgrades. Financial savings from these projects will allow them to continue actively investing in efficiency upgrades and reduce their utility bills for years to come.