Seattle City Light is helping the historic Paramount Theater reduce its energy consumption and save money by replacing incandescent lighting with energy efficient fluorescent and LED fixtures — including a rebuild of the theater’s signature neon sign.
City Light provides numerous rebates and financial incentives for energy efficiency upgrades, which helps customers reduce their energy use and bills while helping the utility avoid the need to acquire new resources to meet customers’ electricity needs.
Paramount Theater’s lighting upgrade and sign retrofit qualified for about $56,000 in energy efficiency rebates from Seattle City Light.
The project includes 18 new lighting fixtures, 109 lamps & ballasts, 2,573 CFL Screw-in lamps and 3,160 LED lamps. Most of the LED lamps will be in the sign, which was built by The Sign Factory in Kirkland and is scheduled to be installed Oct. 7. the sign also will have 18 energy efficient ballasts, one for each of the letters in “Paramount” (both sides), rather than the old, inefficient magnetic ballasts.
Those changes will save about 493,268 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year. That’s enough energy to power about 55 typical Seattle homes and adds up to about $25,000 per year in savings for the theater.
“Installing energy efficient lighting is a great way to reduce your energy consumption and save money, whether you’re a homeowner or a business like the Paramount Theater,” Seattle City Light Conservation Resources Director Bob Balzar said. “We hope the Paramount’s new sign will encourage everyone who sees it to think about making more sustainable energy choices.”
To learn more about energy efficiency rebates that you might qualify for, go to www.seattle.gov/light/conserve.