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Commercial and Industrial Success Stories

Idaho Power offers cash incentives to business customers for energy efficient upgrades to their buildings. Your upfront investment and payback period may be less than you think.

Learn how other businesses have reduced their electric bills while increasing operational efficiencies. Select a topic below to get the real story on how energy efficiency improves the bottom line.

Lighting


What was dark is now light at Myers Alignment
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Lighting upgrade improves working conditions, and reduces energy use.


More lighting, fewer lights are a win-win for Riverstone International School
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New lighting technology brings “sunshine” in the classroom, enhancing learning for students.


Eagle charter school graduates to more efficient lighting.
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North Star charter school’s lighting upgrade resulted in fewer lights while still increasing energy savings and lighting quality. See how they did it!


A bright future for Boise’s Riverside Hotel
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A lighting upgrade helps bring a Boise icon back to the future while saving on lighting and cooling costs.


Detergent manufacturer cleans up with Easy Upgrades incentive
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New efficient lighting not only reduced Technichem’s electricity bill by approximately $1,000, it also reduced the heat and noise coming from the old lighting making the work space more comfortable for employees.


Blake Trailers of Star, Idaho upgraded their lighting and are reinvesting the energy savings back into their business.
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Quality lighting is critical when it comes to building horse and specialty trailers, and creating custom metal work. In addition to replacing interior light fixtures, motion sensors were added in office spaces and exterior lighting was replaced with new LED fixtures.

Improve your lighting without changing your lights
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A Caldwell distribution center adds lighting sensors and saves approximately $1,726.00 per year.


Improved exterior lighting increases safety
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Improved lighting at the Ada County Jail lowers maintenance costs and reduces energy use to the tune of $11,000 per year.


A lesson in saving energy courtesy of the Notus School District
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Research shows energy efficient lighting helps to increase learning among students. See how this rural school made it happen for them.


A family-run business takes advantage of Idaho Power’s Easy Upgrades program
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Replacing inefficient incandescent fixtures with high-efficient T-8s and T-5s helped this Jerome plant save over $5,000 a year in energy costs.

New lighting technology allows car dealership to control, monitor and receive maintenance messages from each fixture on the lot
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Lighting upgrade at Boise auto dealership reduces energy costs while increasing security, and providing the service and sales departments with better quality lighting.

Independent Meat Company takes sustainability seriously
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Upgrading their lighting and installing motion sensors has resulted in an estimated annual energy savings of $29,840.

Upgrading its lighting gives Dominick’s Quick Print whiter whites, brighter colors, and more cheerful employees
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Joe Dominick, owner of Dominick’s Quick Print of Ontario, Oregon has learned the value of energy efficient lighting. It’s more than an incentive, more than lower monthly energy costs, it’s happier more productive employees. Check out the difference new lighting made in this print shop.

A one-of-a-kind hotel takes advantage of a one-of-a-kind energy efficiency opportunity.
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Learn how the Grove Hotel in Boise became the first major hotel in southern Idaho to participate in Idaho Power's Custom Efficiency program. Now the Grove Hotel is saving more than 790,000 kWh per year.

Two public utilities work together to help their ratepayers
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Learn how Idaho Power worked with United Water Idaho to increase energy efficient lighting at more than one of United Water Idaho's facilities.


SUPERVALU/Albertson's takes a big step in reducing its carbon footprint
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A lighting upgrade is just a piece of the sustainability puzzle for the corporate offices of Albertson's Store Support Center in Boise.


Hailey, Idaho, builds on a history of inspired energy ambitions
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See how the small town of Hailey, Idaho, implemented some big energy efficiency ideas and received an incentive from Idaho Power in the process!


Atkinsons' Market cuts energy use and keeps produce fresher with help
from Idaho Power
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Lighting upgrades made possible by Idaho Power's Custom Efficiency program help the owner of three Atkinsons' Markets in the Wood River Valley use less energy overall while reducing the amount of heat over the fresh fruits and vegetables.

Jefferson Place: Classic architecture meets modern energy efficiency
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A downtown Boise landmark, Jefferson Place office plaza underwent a series of lighting upgrades that will generate more than $13,000 in annual savings for the building's owners. An incentive from Idaho Power made the project possible for this 1913 vintage building.

Motive Power doesn't have to raise the roof to save energy
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Motive Power, a locomotive manufacturing and refurbishing company in Boise, Idaho upgraded their lighting in 10 buildings encompassing 268,838 square feet. This ambitious project will save the company approximately $60,000 per year in energy costs. With the help of an Idaho Power incentive, this retrofit has a mere six month payback period.

Key Financial Center banks on Custom Efficiency program
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Key Financial Center managed to replace more than 1,600 inefficient light fixtures while minimizing the installation impact to five of their tenants. The result? Annual lighting savings of $27,000 and an additional $2,276 in HVAC costs.

Taking Advantage Of 6 Billion Years Of Energy Efficient Lighting
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As a result of lighting upgrades, Sysco, North America's largest food distributor, realized an average annual savings of 35 percent on the amount of electricity they consume each year when they put the sun to work for them.

To Reduce Energy Costs, Chicago Connection Relied on its Connections
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Learn how referrals lead one restaurant owner to install over 575 energy efficient lights with 70 percent of the costs paid for by Idaho Power. The investment should pay for itself in about a year.

Pumps and Fans


Incentives help turn wastewater into useable water at the J.R. Simplot Company
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One state of the art facility certified by ENERGY STAR®

Murakami Produce brings a green philosophy to yellow onions
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New efficient lighting, motion sensors, and improvements to ventilation fans helped Murakami Produce, in Malheur County, reduce their electric bills by approximately $100,000 per year. Learn how incentives from Idaho Power helped to make these improvements a reality.

Roaring Springs Cools Off Their Electric Bill
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Learn how Roaring Springs, the largest water park in the Northwest, cut their annual electricity use by 30 percent and their electricity bill by $65,000!


Refrigeration

A chilling story of ON Semiconductor and Idaho Power incentives
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Chilled water is a critical business component for this computer chip manufacturer. High-efficiency chillers help ON Semiconductor save an estimated $42,615 per year.


Chilling Out More Efficiently With Idaho Ice World
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Looking to save some cool cash? Idaho Ice World did just that when they installed new Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) , lowering their power bill by over $10,000 a year!


The Story of a Long, Happy, Energy Saving Relationship
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Learn how Magic Valley Growers reduced energy costs after retrofitting lighting and refrigeration systems with the help of a $26,366 incentive.


New Flexible Warehouse Doors Keep Cold Air In, Hot Air Out
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Something as simple as replacing seven rigid doors with flexible doors is helping a Nampa business save 88,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity per year.


New Construction

Boise architects and engineers build with sustainability in mind
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CSHQA bought a brick and cinder-block warehouse in downtown Boise and transformed it into an energy efficient, sustainable building using cutting edge design and building techniques.


Nampa, Idaho, sets an energy efficient course for its public-service buildings
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Nampa's Hugh Nichols Public Safety Building uses ground source heat pumps to tap into the earth for efficient heating and cooling.


Rekluse grows with energy efficiency incentives
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Motorcycle parts manufacturer Rekluse, located in Boise, ID, expands while keeping jobs in the U.S. and winning the 2012 Small Business Administration Exporter of the Year award. Learn how incentives from Idaho Power have helped keep the company competitive and energy efficient.


The University of Idaho's Integrated Design Lab
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University of Idaho's Integrated Design Lab (IDL) is a valuable partner when it comes to the measurements, energy modeling, evaluations and verifications of commercial and industrial buildings. Learn more about how the IDL is helping to design energy efficient buildings.


The City of Bellevue saves money on its new wastewater treatment plant
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The City of Bellevue's new $5.9 million wastewater treatment plant will benefit from an updated heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system.



Miscellaneous

Idaho Power incentives provide opportunities for a family dairy
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Ballard Dairy and Cheese in Gooding, Idaho produces 120,000 gallons of milk a month and 70,000 pounds of cheese. Idaho Power’s Easy Upgrades and Custom Efficiency programs helped the owners reduce their energy costs, while becoming operationally and financially stronger.

Hansen Quick Stop & Go the little store built for big energy savings
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Need a little inspiration to move forward with an energy efficiency project? This story illustrates how smaller businesses can be just as strategic, efficient and successful as the bigger companies.

For Nunhems USA, doing it right the first time pays off big
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Based in the Netherlands, with U.S. headquarters in Parma, Idaho, Nunhems is the largest commercial vegetable seed producer in the world. Learn how energy efficient upgrades is saving this international company over $43,000 in annual energy costs.


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