News from Kamloops

July 24, 2012

Lighting upgrades provide big benefits

Kamloops, B.C. - The City of Kamloops has recently completed three facility lighting upgrade projects. These projects have improved the lighting delivered, reduced consumed energy, and resulted in almost $15,000 of annual cost savings.

Interior Savings Centre
Approximately 200 incandescent light bulbs were replaced with LED light bulbs. These upgraded light bulbs, located in Parkside Lounge, concourse, and lobby areas of the building, will result in energy savings of 92,000 kWh annually. This is equivalent to the energy used annually by ten average sized, non-electrically heated homes. The total cost to upgrade the lighting was approximately $9,000 and the savings are expected to be approximately $7,500 annually, resulting in a payback of 1.2 years. There will be additional savings in maintenance of these bulbs, as the previous incandescent lighting failed on a frequent basis because of the vibration from the nearby railway tracks. The vibration will not affect the performance or life span of the LED light bulbs.

Kamloops Gymnastics and Trampoline Centre at the TCC
The City replaced existing energy-consuming fixtures with new high output, energy efficient fixtures, which drastically improved the lighting conditions. With a cost of $16,000, the upgrades will result in energy savings of 66,000 kWh annually, with resulting cost savings of $5,200 annually. BC Hydro provided a $10,000 incentive for this project, which will allow the project to pay for itself in less than 1.5 years.

Public Works Mechanic Shop
In addition to replacing the existing outdated fixtures with new high output, energy efficient fixtures at the Public Works Mechanic Shop, the City also installed motion sensors in some of the areas that are used periodically but not occupied continuously. This will result in energy savings of 37,000 kWh, annually. BC Hydro provided a $15,000 rebate in support of this project.

"The cost of providing electricity to run our recreation facilities is the fastest growing expense. These cost-saving programs are essential to maintain affordable user fees for facility patrons," commented Jeff Putnam, Parks, Recreation Facilities & Business Operations Manager for the City of Kamloops.

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Media Contact:
Marcie Cochrane, Energy Management Coordinator
City of Kamloops