At the Habitat for Humanity (Habitat) Store in Smokey Point, every dollar saved is a dollar that can help a local family have safe, comfortable housing. Recently, the Habitat Store received more than $23,000 worth of professionally installed lighting improvements at no cost to the organization. The new lighting will not only improve the ambience of the store, it will save an estimated 88,682 kWh of electricity annually. At an estimated $.085 per kWh, annual savings for the Habitat Store would be $7538, or about $628 monthly.
“Every dollar we earn is invested in local families,” said Chris Anderson, Construction Manager for Habitat Snohomish. “Though at first this program sounded too good to be true, I’m delighted that it is working out and that we’ve been able to get these improvements completed.”
In the past, Habitat had considered making these lighting improvements themselves, but the large upfront cost of the lighting and installation made for a lengthy return on investment. Through the Small Business Direct Install Program, PUD contractors were able to install 67 metal halide high bays, eight linear strips and four wraps.
“The Habitat Store project is a great example of how the Small Business Direct Install Program can help us reach our utility conservation targets while supporting our customers,” said Sheri Miller, Customer and Energy Services Program Manager. “This project especially, however, will have an even greater impact on our community since Habitat will be able to take the money they save on their energy bills and invest it in improving the lives of community members in need.”
Since late 2020, the PUD has partnered with Puget Sound Energy on a Direct Install Program for Small Businesses. This program includes a no-cost comprehensive assessment and energy savings report, and if a business is eligible, installation of no-cost and low-cost energy-saving products ranging from LED lighting to refrigeration to programmable thermostats. Since the project began, 111 for-profit or non-profit local businesses have completed projects saving approximately 1,170,421 kWh. More information about the program, including how to submit a request to participate, can be found at snopud.com/smallbiz.
About Snohomish County PUD
Snohomish County PUD is the second largest publicly owned utility in Washington. We serve over 360,000 electric customers and 22,000 water customers. Our service territory covers over 2,200 square miles, including all of Snohomish County and Camano Island. Visit snopud.com for more information.
About Habitat for Humanity of Snohomish County
Habitat for Humanity of Snohomish County, founded in 1991 as a 501(c)(3) public charity, is a local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Habitat Snohomish is a volunteer-driven organization that partners directly with low-income families to build community while building and repairing homes. Habitat gives families the opportunity of homeownership through donated labor, materials, and funding. This allows the nonprofit to provide affordable homes at an average of 40% of the low market housing price. The organization has built 28 homes in Snohomish County since its founding and is currently working toward building a 24-unit multifamily neighborhood, Twin Creeks Village, in Everett. To learn more, visit habitatsnohomish.org.