Wartburg an adult care community in Mount Vernon, New York USA, reported that it has fulfilled phase one of its campus-wide LED lighting upgrade initiative. Wartburg provides a wide range of services to both residents living on its 34-acre campus and people in their own homes.
The community expects that replacing fluorescent and incandescent bulbs with LEDs will save about 736,004 kWh a year. This is equivalent to about 61,635 gallons of gasoline consumed. The savings also translate monetarily. The project, assisted by Con Edison rebates and incentives, is expected to pay for itself in decreased energy costs after just 18 months.
In this first phase, Wartburg upgraded about 5,000 fixtures across its 34-acre campus. These upgrades include placement of 11,000 new LED lamps. Despite using much less electricity, the new outdoor LED lighting boasts 40 percent high brightness than the previous lighting, helping improve visibility and safety for its residents, clients, and staff.
Earlier this year, Wartburg formed the Green Committee that focuses on reducing the use of resources and implementing a comprehensive recycling program. In addition, Wartburg will apply for certification through the Green Business Practice, making it the only long-term care provider with such certification.
“We are thrilled to have completed the first phase in our energy efficiency plan and to continue implementing these upgrades throughout our campus,” said Wartburg President and CEO, Dr. David Gentner. “In recent years, Wartburg’s Friedrichs Residence and its Rehabilitation and Adult Day Services Center were Mount Vernon’s first buildings to gain Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification and the first healthcare facility to earn LEED certification, respectively.”
LEED certification recognizes that a building is excellent in conserving energy, lowering operating costs, and being healthy for occupants.