Elliott Community to receive $310,583 saveONenergy™ grant

Guelph, Ont., November 16, 2015—The Elliott Community is pleased to announce the completion of one of Ontario’s larger lighting retrofit project for 2015. The Elliott, Guelph’s only non-profit organization to offer seniors four levels of care, is receiving a $310,583 saveONenergy™ grant after replacing its entire lighting system with energy-saving light-emitting diode (LED) fixtures.

Cheque presentation Tuesday, November 17

On Tuesday, November 17 at 4 p.m., representatives from Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc., and the province-wide saveONenergy program, will visit The Elliott Community at 170 Metcalfe Street to present Trevor Lee, CEO, and senior staff with a $310,583.68 cheque.

“We are thrilled with this project. Our Board of Trustees unanimously approved the business plan to proceed with this project in December 2014. Four months and more than 2,000 fixtures later, we completed the retrofit project,” says Trevor Lee, CEO of The Elliott Community.

To qualify for the saveONenergy grant, The Elliott Community invested about $600,000 to install energy-efficient internal and external light fixtures throughout the building. The Elliott Community expects to reduce energy consumption by nearly 900,000 kilowatt-hours (KWH) per year; roughly the equivalent of 56 homes or the average fuel consumed by 131 passenger vehicles, per year.

“This was our largest capital project for 2015 and although there could be frustrations with replacing over 2,000 lighting fixtures across the building, the installers systematically went through the building in stages and there was very little interruption,” says Dean Broughton, director of Environmental Services at The Elliott Community.

LED lighting also provides an added benefit in this installation; not only is it more energy-efficient, it is also brighter, which aids seniors with vision impairments. “Visual impairments can be a major contributor to the risk of falls, and the LED lighting in the resident spaces is much brighter which means our residents have better vision acuity,” said Sherri Enns, administrator of the long-term care residence.

About the Elliott Community

The Elliott Community offers living options for the seniors of Guelph and Wellington County. From those who wish to live independently to partially assisted living to full long-term care, The Elliott has choices for every stage of life.

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Media contacts

For more information about this announcement:
Trevor Lee, C.E.O., The Elliott Community
tlee@elliottcommunity.org,
519-822-0491

For more information about saveONenergy programs:
Giorgio Boccalon, Key Accounts Manager, Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc.
gboccalon@guelphhydro.com
519-780-4821, cell 519-546-2996

For more information about the products used in this retrofit project:
Dennis Devey, Vice President / Chief Growth Officer, Renoac Energy Systems Inc.
dennis@reonac.com
1-800-561-2876, cell 647-381-3733