Blog : Forum Will Offer Businesses Bright Ideas on How to Spend Less on Lighting Energy

By Herb | Dec 31, 2012 | in

PORTSMOUTH — Rockingham Electric invites small-business owners to learn how to implement cost-saving green solutions in 2013 at a free Jan. 29 forum at Redhook Brewery. Attendees will learn about easily implemented sustainable business practices, utility-cost- saving incentive programs and simple and easy energy efficient lighting solutions.

All this information can save small-business owners money in 2013.

The Small Business Green Incentive Forum is co-sponsored by the Green Alliance, a union of local sustainable businesses promoting environmentally sound business practices, and a green co-op offering discounted green products and services to its members. The event is open to all Green Alliance members, with a focus on small businesses. Rockingham Electric is a business partner of the Green Alliance.

Rockingham Electric sells and distributes lighting products to homeowners and contractors. The company operates nine sales locations across New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts, including Rockingham Electric’s flagship facility at the southern entrance to the General Sullivan Bridge connecting Newington and Dover, and all of the locations recycle lighting products that contain mercury. The company has a reputation for educating customers about green lighting technologies that help them save money, and the Jan. 29 forum is a prime example.

“Anybody can attend the forum, but it’s not a residential program, it’s a business program, discussing strictly business incentives,” says Dianne Taylor of Rockingham Electric. The event is also open to Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce members. And Public Service of New Hampshire has informed business customers about the event.

The forum starts at 8 a.m. at 1 Red Hook Way, Portsmouth, with registration and a continental breakfast. From 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. attendees will hear from speakers expert at sustainability and knowledgeable about incentive programs for businesses.

Sarah Brown, a leading Green Alliance environmental advocate and “being green expert,” will discuss how Portsmouth businesses can benefit by being sustainable. A representative of Philips Lighting will offer simple and easy energy-efficient lighting solutions, including LED lamps and fixtures. A PSNH educator will instruct attendees on how to apply for rebates that lower utility bills. And Rockingham Electric will add a final touch by explaining how all the information disseminated at the forum ties in with local business needs.

New Hampshire electricity rebates and incentives can be viewed at www.NHSAves.com. “All utilities in New Hampshire participate in the program, with minor differences, but 99 percent of the program is the same from utility to utility,” says Taylor. The forum will explore what the utility programs look like and what the incentives are.

There will be ample discussion about LED lighting and fixtures, a popular technology — “the wave of the future,” Taylor says. In addition, the Philips representative will describe lamp technologies which feature lower mercury content than other manufacturers’ products.

A barbecue lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m., and at 12:15 Redhook will offer an optional brewery tour and beer tasting. Door prize give-a-ways include Red Hook Brewery items, energy efficient Philips LED lamps and Green Alliance green card memberships.

Register now by calling Dianne Taylor at 603-436-7731 or emailing dtaylor@rockingham.com.

“This forum will give people ideas about what new products they can purchase to replace products made obsolete because of federal legislation,” Taylor says. “We expect a pretty big turnout.”

Green Alliance members save 10 percent on everything in The Lighting Center at Rockingham Electric, 437 Shattuck Way, Newington, and save $1 on light bulbs, $20 on a floor lamp and $80 on a lighting fixture.

For more information about Rockingham Electric, visit www.rockinghamelectric.com, and visit www.greenalliance.biz for information about the Green Alliance.