CUMBERLAND — The Cumberland YMCA received $24,106 from the Potomac Edison Energy Solutions for Business Program for lighting improvements throughout the facility.
Energy-efficient LED lighting upgrades were performed in the indoor soccer arena, pool and basketball court.
The upgrades are expected to save nearly 131,000 kilowatt-hours a year, which is equivalent to the energy used to power 16 average Maryland homes for more than a year.
The Energy Solutions for Business Program offers incentives to Maryland commercial and industrial customers for qualified upgrades to more energy-efficient products, including lighting, process controls and HVAC.
The YMCA was able to make upgrades that were 20 years past due, both inside and outside the facilities, without raising utility costs.
After some research and discussion with the staff, Cumberland YMCA worked directly with Capital Electric Supply to choose the rebate that best suited its needs.
“Better lighting at a facility equals a safer environment for our patrons, which is a more inviting experience all around,” said Sean Hite, facilities director for the Cumberland YMCA. “From lifeguards seeing swimmers better to patrons feeling safer when stopping in for a workout, we’re very pleased with the results.”
For more information about the Energy Solutions for Business Program or to apply for program incentives, visit www.energysavemd-business.com.