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Mike Ryan, business manager, sitting on a table in front of the LiUNA Local 490 logo
 LiUNA Local 493 discovers energy efficiency is about
 more than savings 

 

Saving money may have been the number one reason why Mike Ryan, Business Manager at LiUNA Local 493 in Sudbury, initially decided to switch to energy-efficient lighting, but he soon discovered three other reasons why energy efficiency makes sense.

“We thought the most important benefit of doing the lighting retrofit was going to be financial,” said Ryan, who manages a 13,550-square-foot office space on behalf of Local 493 of the Laborers’ International Union of North America, which represents 850 members in Sudbury, North Bay, Timmins and surrounding areas. “The reality is the space is much brighter now, our maintenance costs are lower and it’s overall a much more welcoming environment for our members to visit.”

Decades old, the building had been used for a variety of purposes in its lifetime, with a combination of aging lighting systems that were both costly and inefficient. After consulting with his local hydro company, Greater Sudbury Hydro, Ryan hired an electrical contractor to install 173 LED fixtures, along with occupancy sensors that automatically turn lights on and off. The project did not require any major construction or renovation and the lights were installed, tested, adjusted and put into full-time service in three weeks – all without interfering with the facility’s operations.

According to Ryan, the Save on Energy lighting retrofit far surpassed his financial expectations. Not only have the new LED lights reduced electricity consumption from lighting by 76 per cent, they are also helping LiUNA 493 to save approximately $5,200 per year on electricity costs.

“It’s important for us to manage our costs wisely- and not just because it makes good business sense. We also have a financial responsibility to our members. Over the long term, any savings we can realize are going to help them save money,” said Ryan. “I think this is a great example of why energy efficiency makes so much sense as an investment.”

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