Lakewood Retirement Community Lights it Up for Earth Day

harrogateProject Aims to Change Over 4,000 Fluorescents to LED, Will Save Tens of Thousands in Energy Costs.
Going green is a yearly thing at Harrogate. Last year, the continuing care retirement community in Ocean County made the switch to LED, replacing all single interior bulbs with environmentally friendly ones. This year, as part of a continued push toward energy efficiency, about 4,000 four-foot fluorescents will be switched to four-foot LED, which is expected to save the community over $60,000 a year in electricity costs.

“It’s no small project,” said Paul Nikiperowicz, director of facilities management at Harrogate. “We schedule this in a way that’s convenient for our residents, so we’re looking at the end of May before the entire project is complete.”

Nikiperowicz says going green is not only good for the environment, but it makes great financial sense when it comes to community operations.

“It’s one of those projects that really makes a difference with a community of this size. We’re talking about at least 25,000 hours of light with LED versus two or three months with regular bulbs,” he said. “Three months, if a regular bulb lasts that long, only gets you about 2,200 hours, so the results speak volumes.”

While cost effectiveness isn’t always the case with environmental initiatives, Nikiperowicz says the community is committed to continually looking at ways to go green.

[TLS]

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