Top 10 Questions You Need to Ask Before Hiring a Lighting Retrofit Contractor
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1. Will they provide a comprehensive lighting analysis as opposed to just dropping off a simple price quote and expected energy savings page?
You deserve more than that. There needs to be discussion with your employees with regard to areas of concern that may be under lit or over lit, where motion sensors or daylight harvesting can be used to reduce energy costs. Your proposal should include not only your project cost, but utility company rebate incentive amounts, eligible EPAct energy tax incentives, your projected savings along with supporting documentation as to how those savings projections were calculated. It should include carbon footprint reduction calculations, helping you assure your customers that your company is environmentally conscious and “Green”. Your proposal should include 100% finance options allowing your energy reduction initiative to be paid for using the positive cash flow from your monthly utility cost savings. Finally it should include multiple customer testimonials from similar facilities.
2. Can they provide a photometric analysis?
This is a straightforward way to compare lighting output of different fixtures in a true “apples to apples” comparison.
3. Do they have the necessary knowledge and expertise?
Is your contractor qualified and familiar with filing all the necessary pre and post applications required by your utility company to qualify for eligible rebate incentive dollars, at no additional cost to you?
4. Are they capable of certifying your company for the IRS EPAct05 accelerated tax deduction?
This has to be certified by a professional engineer or certified electrical lighting contractor who understands ASHRAE standards, light power density values and watts/psf thresholds allowed by the IRS to qualify for this EPAct tax deduction. Will they charge an additional fee for this certification?
5. Are they willing to work 2nd or 3rd shift at no additional charge to help reduce potential disruption to your operation?
6. What about disposal of all your old fixtures, is that included in your price?
Not to mention your old mercury laden HID lamps which are required to be recycled as hazardous waste. Will they provide certification, eliminating your company from any potential liability due to improper disposal?
7. Has your lighting retrofit provider got the track record and customer testimonials to back up their promises and commitments after the sale?
8. Are they a true "TURN-KEY" lighting specialist and contractor?
You deserve to have a lighting contractor who specializes in turnkey lighting retrofits and employs certified, trained lighting technicians experienced in lighting retrofit projects for warehouses and manufacturing environments. Beware as it’s in your best interest, assuming you hope to be satisfied with your final lighting project.
9. Does their price include articulating and/or scissors lifts?
If not, these can add up to a big additional expense. What about travel and per diem costs if you’re not local, who’s paying those?
10. Does their price to you include sales tax?
Ohio state law requires businesses, even many who consider themselves tax exempt, to pay sales tax on materials portion of your project. You don’t want a surprise charge at the end of your project for thousands of dollars in unexpected sales tax.
ROI Energy provides all these benefits with no surprise fees.
Call today 330-931-3905 or email Bob@ROI-Energy.com for your no-risk lighting analysis.
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