Success Stories

Rhino Liquors

Annual Energy Savings: $1,733

Rhino Liquors Storefront

Rhino Liquors Keeps It Cool By Saving On Refrigeration

Rhino Liquors has saved nearly 86% on its refrigeration usage by doing just a few minor upgrades. Chris Manis, owner of Rhino Liquors, says about the contractor, FridgeWize, “Those guys are great to work with. They motivated me to come on board. I’m impressed with the savings.” When asked if there was any other advantage of changing the motors in the reach-in coolers, other than just energy savings, Chris said, “It’s quiet! Before you couldn’t talk in the cooler, you had to yell to have the other person hear you.” Chris plans to continue with his energy efficient retrofits by upgrading the lighting.

Smart Stats

The original walk-in cooler fans used shaded-pole type motors, which ran continually. They were replaced with EC motors that use about 25% of the energy. A two stage speed switch was also installed to lower the fan speed when not needed. An E-cube thermostat control was installed to sense the temperature of solids instead of ambient air temperature. Anti-sweat heater controls were added to reduce the amount of time the heaters needed to run (generally 24/7).

Pre-upgrade Stats

Annual Refrigeration kWh 22,996
Annual Refrigeration Costs $2,009

Post-upgrade Stats

Annual Refrigeration kWh 3,160
Annual Refrigeration Costs $276
Annual Cost Savings $1,733
Annual kWh Savings 19,836
Energy Savings (%) 86%

Project Cost Summary

Initial Cost $3,398
Less Incentives Received  
Holy Cross Energy Rebate ($1,699)
Final Cost $1,699

Payback Calculations

Final Project Cost $1,699
Annual Cost Savings $1,733
Payback in Months 12

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Habitat ReStore

Annual Energy Savings: $5,733

Habitat ReStore Storefront

Lighting Retrofit Shines New Light On Habitat ReStore

Habitat ReStore is a non-profit organization specializing in second-hand furniture, furnishings and home appliances.

When the prior occupant, Farmhouse Furniture, vacated the premises, Habitat moved in only to discover the existing lighting system was less than satisfactory. Energy efficiency became an immediate priority.

Jim Larrichea of Expert Electric, hired to install new lighting, suggested Habitat ReStore contact Holy Cross for an energy audit. A lighting specialist at Holy Cross was sent out to discuss and present efficient lighting options.

As a result, Habitat ReStore spent $14,584 on the project and received $7,162 in rebates. The retrofit process involved lighting upgrades to both showroom and warehouse areas.

Smart Stats

Exisiting showroom lighting consisted of mainly 65-watt halogen lights which also add heat load to the store. Track lighting was converted to T5 high bay fluorescent fixtures with a few LED PAR30 track lights. The warehouse was converted from metal halide and T12 fixtures to T5 high bay fluorescent fixtures.

Pre-upgrade Stats

Annual Lighting kWh 99,268
Annual Lighting Costs $8,673

Post-upgrade Stats

Annual Lighting kWh 33,649
Annual Lighting Costs $2,940
Annual Cost Savings $5,733
Annual kWh Savings 65,619
Energy Savings (%) 66%

Project Cost Summary

Initial Cost $14,584
Less Incentives Received  
Holy Cross Energy Rebate ($5,162)
CLEER Rebate ($2,000)
Final Cost $7,422

Payback Calculations

Final Project Cost $7,422
Annual Cost Savings $5,733
Payback in Months 16

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Solar Livestock Water Tanks

Annual Energy Savings: $170

Rachel and Kevin with stock water heater

A Solar Stock Tank Keeps the Horses Hydrated and Rachel & Kevin Stress-Free

Rachel Marble and Kevin White used to run an electric stock tank heater 8-12 hours per day so that their horses would always have water available. Last year they replaced their 1,000 watt stock tank heater with a new 25 gallon solar stock tank. With their new solar stock tank, they are saving 240-360 kilowatt-hours and about $23-$34 per month on their electric bill.

“We also have less anxiety about our horses having access to water because we used to have issues with the breaker switch tripping sometimes when the old 1,000 watt heater was running. Now that’s not a problem.”

In fact, Rachel reported that despite the very cold temperatures last winter in Carbondale, she only had to pour hot water on the lid of the heater a couple of times, just to melt a tiny bit of ice that formed on the very edge of the lid overnight. The water inside the tank never froze.

“Proper placement of the solar tank heater is important. Ours is shaded after about 1:00 PM. If we had full sun until 4:00 or so, I might not have had any problems at all with the lid freezing.”

Rachel said it took no time for the horses to figure out the tank, and it is easy for them to push the lid down to get to the water. Because the tank is covered, there is no algae growth and cleaning is minimal.

Smart Stats

“We saw about $170 in savings in the first year.”

Project Cost Summary

Initial Cost $530
Less Incentives Received  
Holy Cross Energy Rebate ($250)
Final Cost $280

Payback Calculations

Final Project Cost $280
Annual Cost Savings $170
Payback 2 winter seasons

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Bear Paw Bachelor Gulch

Annual Energy Savings: $23,312

Bear Paw Lodge

LED Lighting in the Parking Garage and Common Areas Illuminates Savings for Bear Paw!

At a Holy Cross Energy Lunch and Learn last September, an idea ignited in Tim Schwartz and Dan Lipson of Bear Paw Lodge on how to save on their electric bill. Bear Paw Lodge, a luxury home and condo resort located slope slide in beautiful Bachelor Gulch, had high electric bills. The Chief Engineer, Tim was constantly changing out incandescent lighting throughout the four condo buildings. Dan, the General Manager, was trying to keep costs down for the homeowner’s association.

With common lighting and parking garage lights on 24/7, it made sense to change these lights to LED. After looking at several different LED parking garage lights, Bear Paw settled on the Beacon LED with built in motion sensors. Johnny Electric was contracted to install the Beacon LED in the four parking garages. On at 30% light all the time, the LEDs brighten to 100% when motion is detected, saving energy when no one is in the parking garages.

Additional lighting upgrades included changing table lamp bulbs to LEDs in common areas and changing out T12 and T8 fluorescents to T8 LEDs in stairwells and ski locker areas. The long life of LEDs and superior quality of light, along with the energy savings, makes it a win-win project. And Tim states it best:

“I’ll retire and not have had to change a single light bulb!”

Smart Stats

Project Cost Summary

Initial Cost $99,037
Less Incentives Received  
Holy Cross Energy Rebate ($31,576)
Energy Smart Colorado Rebate ($2,500)
Final Cost $64,961

Payback Calculations

Final Project Cost $64,961
Annual Cost Savings $23,312
Payback in Months 34

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