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New LED lighting technology making a difference

— Kathleen Sullivan's energy efficient lighting company, FGI (Forever Green Illumination), specializes in retrofitting existing business lighting to get the old 'high energy' lighting out and the newer technologies in. They are trying to get businesses to understand the necessity of removing the old incandescent and halogen lamps and even the CFL (the compact fluorescent 'twisty' lamps) due to high energy consumption as well as lead and mercury content of the CFL's. The new LED technology is a more pleasing light, has no harmful lead or mercury and has a life of around 10 years before needing to change the light bulb again. You can replace a 100w light bulb with one that uses 12watts. At 10 cents per watt for Spokane energy (and climbing), you can only imagine the difference on the utility bills. They believe that if you change a bulb, you can change the world.

As a result of a retrofit, The Italian Kitchen restaurant is saving over 25,000 kWh of electricity due to changing all their lighting to LED. Bryce Kerr, the owner of the restaurant is committed to making his restaurant more 'green' as well as reducing his energy consumption annually. He's already seeing savings of over $400 per month on his electricity bill as well. The changes he has committed to in terms of carbon footprint reduction are the equivalent of removing 5 cars from the road. The company has also done retrofits for Solo Design Studio, a hair salon in the W. 1st area and the Cataldo Investments Building at 111 Cataldo for their common areas. All of them are saving money and helping keep Spokane 'green.'

For more information go to fgillumination.com.

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