YMCA Improves Carbon Footprint by Upgrading its Facilities to Full LED Lighting
The YMCA of Greater Nashua is pleased to announce that it has taken a large step in improving its carbon footprint by upgrading and converting the Y’s three facility branches to full LED lighting.
With a $50,000 grant from a donor through the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, the Y was able to make upgrades to the Nashua YMCA, the Merrimack YMCA and the new Westwood Park YMCA. The project cost to the YMCA after rebates and incentives was $190,000 ($140,000 after the grant.) This gift allowed the Y include the new Westwood Park YMCA in this capital project. In 24 months, this project will pay for itself in cost savings.
The light-emitting diode (LED) is one of today’s most energy-efficient and rapidly developing lighting technologies. Quality LED light bulbs last longer, are more durable, and offer comparable or better light quality than other types of lighting.
LED is a highly energy efficient lighting technology and has the potential to fundamentally change the future of lighting in the United States. Residential LEDs — especially ENERGY STAR rated products — use at least 75% less energy, and last 25 times longer, than incandescent lighting.
About the YMCA of Greater Nashua:
The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. This year, the YMCA of Greater Nashua celebrated 133 years of service. Its facilities which are located in Nashua and Merrimack engage over 35,000 men, women and children annually – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Last year, the Y provided $760,000 in scholarships for more than 3,000 children, youth and families to participate in Y programs and membership. For more information about the Y visit www.nmymca.org.
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