Hurd Recognized by Wisconsin’s Focus on Energy Program

November 2nd, 2009 by Editor

Wisconsin’s Focus on EnergyTM program presented Hurd with a rebate incentive check on Tuesday, October 20. The company recently installed all new energy-efficient lighting fixtures in its Medford, Wis., plant.As part of the company’s current multi-million dollar renovation project, Hurd’s Electrical Technician Andy Westphal was given the task of dramatically decreasing electricity consumption. To do so, Westphal and a team of associates along with Faith Technologies and Wausau, Wis., based ETCO Electrical Supply replaced all existing 400 watt metal halide fixtures with highly energy-efficient T8 6 lamp fluorescent fixtures. The new fixtures use only 224 watts which reduced electrical consumption by nearly 45 percent in each application.

The company also installed occupancy sensors to control the new fixtures. Instead of traditional light switches that manually turned on and off all lighting for an entire building – which then remained on all day or maybe even all night – new occupancy sensors detect motion and provide centralize lighting as needed or shut off when employees are not in a work area. This compounded the company’s savings.

“It was an easy decision to make a significant investment in reducing our energy consumption,” says Environmental, Health, and Safety manager Rob Seidel. “It is more earth-friendly, employee-friendly, and pocketbook-friendly. It all adds up to a win-win for everyone.”

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