WVDEP Receives Sustained Excellence in Energy Efficiency Award from Appalachian Power

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Nov. 13, 2018) – The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) received the Sustained Excellence in Energy Efficiency Award from Appalachian Power during a special ceremony in South Charleston.

WVDEP installed approximately 8,000 energy efficient LED bulbs in its Kanawha City headquarters in 2017. The new LED bulbs have a life span of more than 50,000 hours, meaning if they are burned for eight hours per day for five day per week, the bulbs have a life span of approximately 20 years. 

The WVDEP will save more than $42,000 per year in electricity costs with the new LED bulbs. 

“WVDEP is leading the way when it comes to not only using less energy, but also saving the state money,” said WVDEP Cabinet Secretary Austin Caperton. “All of WVDEP’s more than 800 employees can share in this award because we are all working toward accomplishing the same goal, but I would especially like to thank Jeremiah Johnson, Ronnie Rose, Helen Ford, Tammy Thornton, and Steve Brightwell for their hard work in changing each one of these bulbs.”

WVDEP also received a rebate of more than $28,000 from AEP last September for installing the energy efficient LED bulbs.

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Jake Glance
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