I am not talking about free in the terms of liberty or personal rights. I’m talking about advertising’s use of the word “Free”. The definition of free is “provided without, or not subject to, a charge or payment” When most of us hear “free” we immediately jump to “There is no such thing as a free lunch” and “Buyer beware”. I think, here at Ebsco, we have run onto the closest thing to free as we ever will.
Two years ago, when Ebsco started the Green Team, well before ISO certification, the group checked into re-lighting the shop and offices to save on utilities. From those conversations, two years ago we began the re-lamp project yesterday. We have had a long-standing relationship with Mitchell Blessing and the team at Lighting Inc. Mitchell worked with us to take a good idea and make it “FREE”. After putting together a new lighting plan and submitting it to Public Service of Oklahoma, we found that PSO would offer us a cash rebate that would pay for 32% of the total project. I’m not completely clear on how the company that sells us electric will pay us so much to use less electric. Probably some sort of bad internal communication. Don’t say anything to them until we get our check.
After securing the PSO rebate, Mitchell and his team calculated current electric usage for our lighting and projected use with the new fixtures. WOW! The amount we will save on our electric bill, every month will cover the costs left after the PSO rebate in less than two years. In 20 months the re-lamp will pay for itself and then continue putting $2,000 a month in utility savings in the bank. That doesn’t even include the money saved from replacing bulbs, ballasts and fixtures over the next three years with all new fixtures. Not only does the savings pay for the project but the savings keep on going after the project. FREE? Maybe not technically but I think this is better than free.
Oh Wait…. Did I mention that these new energy-efficient lights not only use less energy but put out significantly more light! When I walked in my office I found that my desk was actually a cherry wood not brown. I may need to change the safety signs in some areas of the shop to requiring sunglasses instead of safety glasses. It’s GREAT! Before some areas were dark and depressing. Not now. This is going to be great for morale and sure wont hurt quality either. Lighting Inc. did the entire job overnights. No disruption. Three nights and every light replaced.
Would I say this is an endorsement of Mitchell Blessing and Lighting Inc. Well….yes it is. If it wasn’t for Mitchell staying on this we would have lost a significant portion of the PSO contribution and may have never followed this through. This is the first major accomplishment as part of our ISO Environmental System. Thanks Mitchell.
So to recap
Environmentally conscience, saving significant natural resources
Economically a win for the quick pay back and continued savings
No disruption of production, in and out in three nights
Morale booster with the brightly lit departments.
This is one we definitely got right. FREE? Close enough.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to put my sunglasses on and go out in the shop.