BDT Energy Group brings huge energy and cost-savings to downtown Riverside

Oct. 28, 2011
Date Announced: 28 Oct 2011 Riverside, CA – The owner of the 130,000-square-foot Riverside Metro Center will begin saving thousands of dollars on his energy bills this month after replacing 5,000 old fluorescent tube lights withenvironmentally-friendly, longer-lasting LED bulbs from BDT Energy Group.BDT Energy Group’s LED lights are the first in the nation to receive a UL listing to replace T8 fluorescent tube lights – the most common lights found in offices. LED lights from BDT Energy Group provide a brighter, cleaner light than fluorescent lights, and use dramatically less wattage, making them up to 90% more energy efficient than other lights. LED lights from BDT Energy Group fit existing light fixtures but generate substantially less heat than fluorescent lights, reducing air conditioning needs, which results in even greater energy savings.BDT Energy Group’s LED lights can burn continuously for up to 50,000 hours without being replaced – that’s more than 17 years at eight hours a day, seven days a week. A halogen light used at the same ratewould burn out in a year.“Customers of BDT Energy Group pay virtually nothing for upgrading to superior LED lights,” said Bernadette Merrill, President and Founder of BDT Energy Group of Riverside. “Their costs are quickly recouped through a combination of public utility rebates, energy savings, and tax incentives.”With a reduction in energy use, LED lights save building owners anywhere between 50 and 90% on their lighting bills. With the money saved on energy bills, it takes just three to four years for building owners to see a 100% return of their LED lighting investment.“Upgrading to LED lights was a no-brainer,” said Terry Geiser, chief building engineer for the Riverside Metro Center, a seven-story brick building at Market Street and University Avenue. “The installation andlighting costs are short-term, but the energy savings are permanent and will help save us tens of thousands of dollars in the long-term. Not only have we cut our costs, but we have increased the value ofour building.”To further help reduce the costs of the project, BDT Energy Group also assisted the Riverside Metro Center in securing a $25,000 Riverside Public Utilities rebate for upgrading to energy-efficient lighting.“RPU is always happy to partner with our customers to provide energy saving products like these, said Principal Account Manager, Kevin Palmer. “These projects make our community more energy efficientand help the local economy grow.”LED lighting is an environmentally-superior product that contains no mercury or halogen gas and offers exceptional lighting performance.The environmentally-friendly LED lights from BDT Energy Group run the gamut – from tube lights that can be snapped into a building’s existing fluorescent light fixtures to street lights, parking lot lights, outdoor accent lights and individual LED bulbs – all of which can come in any shade.BDT Energy Group’s LED lights are in use across the state, from PG&E’s Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant in Central California to Hawaiian Gardens Casino and the Luxe Center City Hotel in LosAngeles County.LED lights from BDT Energy Group also meet required environmental and energy standards for government agencies, meaning local, state and federal agencies do not need to secure leasing waivers to move into an LED-equipped building. Such waivers are often required before agencies can occupy buildings that fail to meet government leasing mandates.BDT Energy Group is based in Riverside, Calif. One of the manufacturers of BDT Energy Group’s LED lights is also located in Riverside County and is currently in the process of upgrading its operation to manufacture LED lights locally.BDT Energy Group, Inc. is a certified Small Business Enterprise (SBE), Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE), and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE). To learn more about BDT Energy Group, Inc. and LED technology, visit

Bernadette Merrill (951) 833-0200

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