For a limited time only, Central Hudson is offering free money for businesses, retail stores and not-for-profits to upgrade to brighter and more energy-efficient lighting. Financing options are available and the program is easy as 1-2-3:
1. Call (855) 236-4832 to schedule your FREE energy audit.
2. Our lighting partner – Lime Energy – will perform the energy audit, install the new lights for qualified projects and handle all the paperwork.
3. Central Hudson pays up to 70% of the project and
you can cover the rest with up to 24 month financing. Enjoy reduced utility bills year-after-year.
Please complete this form or call (855) 236-4832 during regular business hours to schedule a free energy audit as your first step toward big savings.
If your question is not answered here, please call toll-free (855) 236-4832 during regular business hours.
What is the deadline to take advantage of this program?
This offer will be available until program funding has been distributed. Incentives will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Take advantage of this offer early because the earlier you have lights replaced, the sooner you will realize savings on your electric bill.
How much money can I save?
Depending on your facility’s operating hours, equipment and energy costs, you could save 25% or more on your energy bill. We base this estimate on the actual results of hundreds of businesses that have already completed this program.
What is my payback period?
Most of our customers see payback periods of about 14 months. We can estimate your payback in clear terms beforehand.
How does Central Hudson cover up to 70% of the cost? Is this a rebate?
No, this is not a rebate. We pay up to 70% of the installed lighting cost directly to Lime Energy, our installer. For the remainder, you can pay in a lump sum or finance the cost evenly over 12 or 24 months.
Exactly what kind of lighting does this program cover?
Central Hudson will upgrade most permanent lighting fixtures in your facility. This includes fluorescent systems, high-pressure sodium and metal halide fixtures and exit signs. We also install occupancy sensors, reflectors and certain other components that improve the lighting and lower energy costs. For each facility, Central Hudson will determine a customized and comprehensive lighting solution to optimize energy savings.
Are there other incentives?
Yes, speak with your tax accountant to learn about options such as the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT) commercial tax deduction for new or renovated buildings with reduced energy costs associated with, among other things, lighting systems. Buildings must meet the ASHRAE 90.1-2001 standard and be placed in service by Dec. 31, 2013 to be eligible.
Does it matter how old my lighting fixtures are?
No. Even new lights may have significant opportunities for energy savings. Central Hudson’s lighting experts will assess each facility and determine the amount of energy that can be saved by upgrading to the most energy-efficient option.
I have several buildings with different types of lighting. Do I have to replace everything?
No. You can choose the lighting systems that are replaced. But remember that the more lights we replace, the better opportunity there is for savings.
Is this program just for replacing lamps?
No. Central Hudson will replace fixtures, ballasts, and other permanent lighting equipment. A full redesign of lighting systems may be the best opportunity for energy savings.
Will energy-efficient lights have the same quality as my old lights?
In most cases, new energy-efficient systems will significantly improve light output and light quality while saving energy.
Doesn’t energy-efficient lighting mean lower quality lighting?
No. New energy-efficient lighting gives a better quality of light with fewer lamps. Your facility will look brighter and better.
Aren’t lighting installations disruptive and time consuming?
No. In most cases, it’s just a matter of replacing ballasts and bulbs. We make the process easy, and you will see lower electric bills right from the beginning. Most installations can be completed during normal business hours without disrupting your workflow.
Do I have to use your lighting partner?
Yes. In order to take advantage of this Central Hudson program, you must use Lime Energy. We have an excellent track record with this company, which has become our single dedicated partner for both energy audits and installations.
What if I purchase my electricity from an energy supply company (ESCO)?
That is fine. You are still eligible because you are a Central Hudson customer.
Isn’t Central Hudson in the energy-selling business, not the energy-saving business?
Central Hudson is in the energy delivery business, and we want to deliver your energy safely and reliably at the best price. Delivering less energy helps us better manage costs. Also, New York State’s initiative to reduce the state’s energy consumption 15% by 2015 has made it more important for all of us to save energy. The New York State Public Service Commission has also directed all utilities to run effective energy efficiency programs.
I want to use this program for an all-new installation at my facility. Can I use the program to install new energy-efficient lights?
No. This program is for replacing existing lighting equipment and systems in order to make them more energy efficient.
Are LED lighting upgrades eligible?
Some specific LED hard-wired fixtures are eligible for incentives under the program. Please call toll-free (855) 236-4832 during regular business hours if you have questions about specific lamps or lighting equipment.
Do you replace regular screw-in bulbs with CFL bulbs?
Yes, these are part of our commercial lighting program.
More than 1,000 customers have tapped into Central
Hudson's commercial lighting program.
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