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Small Business Initiative Case Studies

Shaw’s Hardware (Sanford, ME)

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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)

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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)

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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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