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New Lights for the New Year

by on January 14, 2019

In December 2018, SWEPCO presented the Strand Theatre with a $13,725.68 check to help the nonprofit upgrade its lighting to light-emitting diodes (LEDs). This project and monetary incentive are part of SWEPCO’s Commercial Energy Efficiency Program.

Cumulatively, the Strand replaced approximately 2,000 bulbs within the facility’s offices, auditorium, dressing rooms, lobby, foyer, storage rooms, box office and more. LEDs have a much longer lifespan and very low maintenance costs compared to fluorescent or incandescent lighting.

The theatre will see an estimated 20 percent savings on its SWEPCO bills, based upon past usage and new savings as a result of the lighting upgrade. Additionally, theatre staff will reduce the amount of labor and time required to change bulbs within the facility.

“Anything we can do to reduce costs and maintenance is valuable since our building dates back to 1925,” said Jenifer Hill, executive director for the Strand Theatre. “The energy efficiency program from SWEPCO is incredibly helpful.”

SWEPCO also has an energy efficiency program for its residential customers, which includes incentives for lighting, heating/cooling system upgrades, weatherization and more. Additional information on these programs is available at

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