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The Discovery Center Slashes Electricity Costs by Participating in NYSEG Lighting Upgrade Program
Binghamton, NY – (August 17, 2011) The Discovery Center is expected to save more than $2,000 a year as a result of lighting upgrades installed through NYSEG’s Small Business Energy Efficiency Program.

Under the program, businesses with demand of less than 100 kilowatts are eligible to receive free energy assessments performed by EnerPath, the program implementation contractor, and NYSEG then covers 70% of the cost of installing recommended energy-efficient lighting upgrades.

Qualifying lighting upgrades include replacing existing fluorescent fixtures with higher efficiency lamps and ballasts, changing incandescent bulbs to compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) or light emitting diode (LED) lamps and upgrading exit signs to light emitting diode (LED) technology.

“This is a great opportunity for qualifying customers to reduce electricity costs and, at the same time, improve lighting,” said Mark S. Lynch, president of NYSEG and RG&E.

“Our building was ‘recycled’ from an old city zoo building into what it is today,” said Margaret “Pokey” Crocker, executive director of The Discovery Center. “We build all of our exhibits out of donated or repurposed materials. Continuing the theme of conserving with this NYSEG’s lighting program was a no-brainer.”

Since the beginning of the program in May 2010, 5,000 upstate New York businesses have participated in the program. Collectively, these small businesses are expected to save 32 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year.

Get More Information or Enroll
• NYSEG Customers: Program information and eligibility guidelines are available at www.nyseg.com (click on “Energy Efficiency Incentives” and then on “Small Business Energy Efficiency Program”) or call the NYSEG/RG&E energy efficiency hotline at 1.800.995.9525.

• To sign up for a free energy assessment, eligible businesses should call 1.877.359.9814.

The New York State Public Service Commission approved energy efficiency programs for commercial and industrial utility customers in November 2009. The program is funded by the System Benefits Charge on electricity customers’ bills.

EnerPath, with a local office in Rochester, hires and trains local workers to conduct the energy assessments and selects and supervises licensed New York State contractors to complete the lighting upgrades.