|Canadian Tire, Atholville, NB|
|Energy Efficiency Programs: Commercial Building Retrofit Program|
|Program Participant: Canadian Tire, Atholville|
|Total Company Investment in Project: $53,965|
|Total Rebates Received: $16,000|
|Efficiency Upgrades Completed: Replaced fluorescent tubes with LED replacements|
|Total Annual Energy Savings Estimate: $20,278|
|“With NB Power’s program, you save so much that you get a return within a few years. After that, you have piece of mind and quality lighting.” - Pierre Girard.|
Canadian Tire is a Canadian institution, and the one in Atholville is no exception. It was built in 1985 and acquired by Pierre Girard thirty years later. It’s a popular retail destination in the region. In 2019, Pierre embarked on a store expansion, and used the opportunity to invest in upgrading the building’s lighting.
With the help of an electrician’s team, they upgraded the lighting in less than four nights without ever disrupting the business or impacting customers.
Now, after the upgrade, the LED lighting better showcases the store’s products, offering consistent and bright lighting as compared to the previous yellow-hued light tone. Pierre says clients immediately noticed the improvements.
“People couldn’t get over it,” says Pierre. His customers exclaimed “Wow! This is so much more beautiful! So much brighter!”
In addition to the energy and money saved, Pierre says his team doesn’t need to worry about lighting maintenance anymore, as the LEDs have a lifespan of eight to ten years. In turn, the business is also saving on maintenance costs.
“You save energy, have better lighting and you don’t need to regularly change the lights,” says Pierre. “With NB Power’s program, you save so much that you get a return within a few years. After that, you have piece of mind and quality lighting.”