SCE&G’s EnergyWise for Your Business Program Helps National Retailer Rooms To Go Increase Energy Efficiency in Two South Carolina Stores
Rooms To Go Receives $37,650 in Incentives as Part of SCE&G’s LED Lighting Program

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (Feb. 12, 2013) – Two Rooms To Go locations in Columbia and North Charleston, S.C. are lighting the way to energy savings, thanks to SCE&G’s EnergyWise® for Your Business program.

The EnergyWise for Your Business program provides incentives for SCE&G electric customers who make energy-efficient improvements to their businesses. By participating in the program, Rooms To Go received incentives totaling $37,650 for converting the old comparatively inefficient halogen lighting at its Harbison and North Charleston stores to new energy efficient light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs. LEDs typically use approximately 75 percent less energy than halogen/incandescent lighting and last about two to five times longer than fluorescent lighting.

“We’re committed to helping customers find ways to be energy wise and are pleased that Rooms To Go has seen an increase in energy savings since participating in SCE&G’s program,” said Lavita Harriford, program manager for SCE&G’s EnergyWise for Your Business program.

Harriford continued, “For most retail businesses, lighting can account for up to 60 percent of annual electricity costs. However, by taking advantage of recent advances in lighting technology and incentives offered through SCE&G’s programs, businesses can reduce energy consumption and make their lighting projects more cost effective.”

The lighting upgrades to the Harbison and North Charleston locations are part of a Rooms To Go national effort to install energy-efficient lighting in 115 retail locations throughout the country. As a result, the national retail chain has increased energy efficiency and reduced overall store energy consumption 35-45 percent on average.

“Rooms To Go is committed to energy conservation and installing LED lights in our stores is just one more way we can conserve,” said Rooms To Go CEO Jeffrey Seaman. “SCE&G’s EnergyWise for Your Business program is innovative and proactive. Their incentives have enabled us to reduce our energy consumption and save money. Rooms To Go is proud to set a positive example for companies striving to be energy efficient and operationally effective.”

SCE&G’s EnergyWise for your Business program offers financial incentives and technical assistance to help reduce the cost of energy efficiency improvements, regardless of the size or nature of its business customers. Since the program’s inception in October 2010, SCE&G has awarded more than $4.6 million in rebates to hundreds of South Carolina electric business customers. There are several offerings with incentives, including Lighting, HVAC equipment, and Food Service and other High Efficiency Equipment. Custom incentives are also available for other cost-effective projects with verifiable energy savings.

To learn more about the rebates and incentives available to SCE&G’s electric business customers, as well as tips on how to be more energy wise, visit www.sceg.com/foryourbusiness or call 1-877-784-SCEG.

ABOUT ROOMS TO GO
When Rooms To Go opened its first set of doors in 1991, the way people bought furniture was changed forever. Since then, the company has grown into America's #1 independent furniture company with the nation's largest furniture inventory. By offering stylish furniture at everyday low prices, original room packages, superior service and fast delivery, today Rooms To Go is America's favorite place to buy furniture. For more information, visit www.roomstogo.com.  

ABOUT SCE&G
SCE&G is a regulated public utility engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity to approximately 669,000 customers in South Carolina. The company also provides natural gas service to approximately 317,000 customers throughout the state. More information about SCE&G is available at www.sceg.com.  
 
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