Press announcement from First Energy, January 5, 2016 – Lancaster, PA

FE T12 PhaseOut Flyer-web_Page_1Starting June 1, 2016, T8s will become the baseline for energy-efficient lighting upgrades, meaning smaller, if any, rebates for retrofitting popular T12 lighting systems. The U.S. Department of Energy mandated that lighting manufacturers halt production of T12 fluorescent lamps as of July 2012. As a result, businesses that haven’t replaced their T12 lighting and ballasts face increased maintenance costs due to an increasingly limited supply.

To avoid higher maintenance costs, reduce energy costs, and qualify for a more robust rebate, now is the time to replace your T12 lighting. Upgrading now would create a greater return on investment (simple one- to three-year paybacks) since you could enjoy higher rebates from FirstEnergy’s Pennsylvania utilities (Met-Ed, Penelec, Penn Power and West Penn Power). Newer lighting systems are more efficient and could reduce your ongoing lighting costs by as much as 45 percent (see examples in chart below). Because lighting is a major part of any energy bill, this can have a significant impact on your bottom line. New systems also offer better light quality, longer life, lower maintenance costs, quieter operation, and less unwanted heat. On a more personal level, the right lights can improve ambience, help ensure the safety of those on your facility, and boost productivity.

T12 Phase Out-rebates

Act now to take advantage of FirstEnergy’s Pennsylvania utilities cash incentives to offset the cost of upgrading to new, more efficient T8, T5, or LED systems. Call 866-554-4430 or email or visit Program administrators can assist you in determining your incentives and guide you through the application process.

*Lighting operating hours taken from the Pennsylvania Technical Reference Manual (TRM). Prescriptive measure energy savings are based on operating hours from Table 3-6 of the 2015 Pennsylvania TRM (2,567 hours). Energy savings calculations are based on Pennsylvania’s 2014TRM Appendix C, Lighting Audit and Design Tool.
**Estimated energy cost savings calculated based on a rate of $0.10 per kWh.
***High performance T8 must be CEE listed (

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