Small Business Initiative Case Studies
Shaw’s Hardware (Sanford, ME)
Thanks to Efficiency Maine’s Small Business Initiative, Shaw’s Hardware will save nearly $2,000 per year on lighting costs, and a lot of time replacing bulbs. A local contractor, Absolute Power, assessed the existing fluorescent lighting, provided estimated project costs and savings, and installed LED lighting throughout the retail floor and back room.
“The new lighting is a little crisper and cleaner,“ notes owner Richard Coté. “And it’s not a bad idea to be reducing our carbon footprint, too.”
Smith Co. Antique Shop (Cornish, ME)
When Steve Smith bought the building that houses Smith Company Antique Shop in 1996, fluorescent lights were state-of-the-art. The new LED lighting he recently installed with help from Efficiency Maine’s Small Business Initiative, however, are a significant improvement: they’ll reduce his lighting usage by more than two-thirds, while vastly improving the visibility in his shop.
Steve’s favorite change: “They’re quiet — none of the hum I used to hear while my old lights warmed up.”
TJ’s Sandwich Shop (Standish, ME)
As the closest store to Sebago Lake in Standish, TJ’s Sandwich Shop greets a lot of visiting boaters. It’s also the unofficial town meeting place for locals. Now TJ’s offers a brighter welcome to all, while saving an estimated $1,700 per year on lighting costs, thanks to Efficiency Maine’s Small Business Initiative.
“After 24 years, you get used to things. I never realized how dim it was in here till we got the new lighting,” notes Davis.
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