(Washington, D.C.) In its continuing effort to educate operators about sustainability and how best to reduce operating costs in restaurants, the National Restaurant Association has teamed up with North American LED, an energy-efficient lighting products supplier, to offer light emitting diode, or LED lighting solutions, to the restaurant industry at discounted prices.
“The National Restaurant Association is pleased to partner with North American LED to offer our members an opportunity to purchase highly energy efficient lighting at a reduced price,” said David Matthews, Executive Vice President, Innovation & Membership Advancement, National Restaurant Association. “Through our Conserve Sustainability Education Program, the Association has been working diligently to help restaurateurs better understand the financial and environmental advantages of implemented good practices. By working with North American LED, we are moving one step closer toward helping restaurateurs be more energy efficient in a cost-effective way.”
“We are very excited to work with the National Restaurant Association to offer these sustainable, energy efficient products to members of the restaurant industry,” said Lamon Elrod, president and CEO of North American LED. “The overall value of using LED lighting is clear and simple: it is cost-effective and environmentally friendly. With utility rebates available in many states and energy cost savings that can amount to thousands of dollars a year, the value is built in. By installing LED lighting at their restaurants, we think operators can save between 50 percent and 75 percent in annual energy costs for lighting while reducing emissions from power plants too.”
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program, lighting accounts for 13 percent of an average full-service restaurant’s energy bill. Switching out old incandescent bulbs for LEDs can significantly cut into this energy cost, saving a restaurant more than $400 a year by switching ten bulbs to LEDs.
EPA research also indicates that not only do Energy Star qualified bulbs use 75 percent less energy than incandescents, qualified lighting lasts 10 to 50 times longer than traditional bulbs. Fewer bulb replacements mean fewer bulbs going to the landfill, less time replacing bulbs, and more time and money that can be spent on running the restaurant business.
In addition to offering the lighting products at a special rate to NRA members, North American LED is offering all operators a 12+1 program on all LED Lighting in their catalog (Phillips, InVision LED or Viribright); purchase 12 LED Light Bulbs and receive one free. The 12+1 offer is valid through May 31, 2013. Interested operators attending the National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show in Chicago May 18-21 should visit the Viribright booth to learn more.
North American LED also has a savings calculator that restaurant operators can use to not only calculate annual energy-cost savings, but an estimated state rebate amount and three-year outlook analysis as well.
For more information, visit the Conserve Sustainability Education Program or North American LED websites.
Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry, which comprises more than 1 million restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of 14.4 million employees. We represent the industry in Washington, D.C., and advocate on its behalf. We operate the industry's largest trade show (NRA Show May 21-24, 2016, in Chicago); leading food safety training and certification program (ServSafe); unique career-building high school program (the NRAEF's ProStart); as well as the Kids LiveWell program promoting healthful kids' menu options. For more information, visit Restaurant.org and find us on Twitter @WeRRestaurants, Facebook and YouTube.