In an effort to save money and reduce their impact on the environment, Arthur Murray Dance Studio North Hampton – Seacoast recently partnered with Eversource to add energy efficiency upgrades as part of the small business’ repertoire. The studio at 29 Lafayette Rd. in North Hampton is now lighter and brighter for students looking to improve their skills, while also saving the studio $4,000 in annual energy costs and advancing environmental responsibility.
Before opening in June 2017, owner and professional dancer Amanda Deveau completely renovated the studio by combining two spaces and installing new mirrors and flooring. Additional lighting upgrades were put on hold until a student suggested to Deveau that she contact Eversource to learn more about lighting improvements.
“We’re in the business of changing people’s lives and are committed to building a community that is passionate about dancing,” said Deveau. “That also means our studio is open into the evenings and our lights are always on. The lighting upgrades were a no-brainer for us, and we are noticing the difference both in the studio and on our energy bill.”
“For small businesses like Arthur Murray that operate all hours of the day, lighting can be a major cost," said Eversource Energy Efficiency Spokesperson Kate Peters. “We were able to provide technical assistance and rebates to cover up to 50 percent of the cost for upgrades, which will save the studio money and energy right away. Small businesses are an important driver of our economy in New Hampshire, and our energy efficiency programs can help them save money and reduce their impact on the environment – helping spur continued economic development across the state.”
The new LED fixtures throughout Arthur Murray’s interior were completed by AECOM as part of the Eversource Small Business Energy Solutions program, which includes a free facility audit by a qualified energy contractor and a proposal detailing recommended energy improvements. Eversource reviews the proposal to ensure the project is cost-effective and pays up to 50 percent of project costs for installation of approved energy-efficient measures such as LED lighting and building controls, inspects the completed project to verify equipment is correctly installed and working, and confirms the job is complete to customer satisfaction.