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King’s Campers Slices Energy Costs by 71%

Posted By RVBusiness On February 9, 2011 @ 10:24 am In Breaking News | No Comments

As the result of a light-related electricity reduction at its Wausau, Wis., facility, King’s Campers has received Orion Energy Systems’ Environmental Stewardship Award.

Orion presents the award to companies that achieve significant environmental benefits through the use of Orion’s energy-efficient technology, according to a news release.

King’s Campers replaced 115 high-intensity discharge (HID) light fixtures with Orion’s Compact Modular, high-intensity fluorescent (HIF) technology.

As a result of the lighting change, King’s Campers is expected to cut its light-related electricity costs by 71% — from an annual $11,598 to $3,301.

In addition to the cost savings come significant environmental benefits, as King’s Campers drastically reduces the amount of harmful, greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere.

The lighting change is projected to reduce light-related electricity consumption by 71%, from an annual 104,491 kilowatt-hours (kWh) to 29,748 kWh.

As a result of the decreased energy consumption at King’s Campers, the company is helping decrease carbon dioxide emissions by 987 tons during the lifecycle of Orion’s high-efficiency fixtures, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The reductions are the air-scrubbing equivalent of a 14-acre forest or removing 12 cars from the road. It is also the equivalent of saving 6,170 gallons of gasoline a year, according to the EPA.

“Four years ago we updated our lighting fixtures to the most energy efficient models available at the time,” said Ron Gajewski, general manager of King’s Campers.  “I never imagined that a few years later we could reduce our emissions and energy costs as well as we can today. I feel very proud to help the environment. I’m amazed at the numbers when I see them. But I’m even more amazed at the amount of light our new Apollo solar light pipes provide just from natural day light — no electricity required. We’ve had lots of folks stop in who don’t believe these light pipes are just a new type of skylight. We all joke that we may have to wear our sunglasses while indoors during the summer.”

The environmental and cost benefits to King’s Campers are possible because of Orion’s patented, high-efficiency technology that reduces light-related electricity use by 50% while producing 50% more light than the industry standard high-intensity discharge lights. Orion’s technology also is easy to install and maintain.

King’s Campers has been family owned and operated since 1990. Specializing in servicing and selling only campers and motor homes, King’s Campers has gained national respect as one of the foremost RV dealerships in both the U.S. and Canada and has won numerous awards for outstanding customer service. To learn more about the company, please visit www.kingscampers.com.

Orion Energy Systems Inc. is a leading power technology enterprise that designs, manufactures and implements energy management systems, consisting primarily of high-performance, energy-efficient lighting platforms, intelligent wireless control systems and direct renewable solar technology for commercial and industrial customers without compromising their operations.

Orion has deployed its energy management systems in 6,128 facilities across North America, including 126 of the Fortune 500 companies. Since 2001, Orion technology has displaced more than 574 megawatts, saving customers more than $1 billion and reducing indirect carbon dioxide emissions by 8 million tons. For more information, visit www.oesx.com.

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